Posted on August 2, 2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Our weekly birthday roundup missed Primo Levi, born July 31, 1919.

That said, forgetting the Italian author and chemist means that his extremely noteworthy life doesn't have to share the spotlight with other writers'.

Levi, who was Jewish, wrote If This Is a Man, later retitled Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on Humanity, about his imprisonment during World War II.

He had to fight to find a publisher for what was one of the first Holocaust memoirs, and it took nearly fifteen years for the book to receive the recognition it deserved.

Read more about Levi’s literary career and life in this article marking his 100th birthday.

Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: History, Memoir

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