Levi, Primo - If This is a Man. Folio Society, 2000, 1st thus. Translated by Stuart Woolf; introduced by Frederic Raphael; afterword by Levi.
If This is a Man is a descent into the very cradle of evil. From the moment Primo Levi, a young Italian Jew, entered an Auschwitz labour camp in February 1944, to liberation nearly a year later, he was a witness to the full horror of the Nazi regime. No aspect of individuality - possessions, hair, names, even dreams - was so trivial that it could not be elimintated or made to conform to the camp's sadistic logic. The story of his survival is almost secondary to the book's real purpose - demonstrating 'that precisely because the lager was a great machine to reduce us to beasts, we must not become beasts'. (Folio Society).
9" x 6¾", 234pp plus 12 plates, dark-blue cloth, silver and black blocked design extending over both boards, silver blocked spine lettering, hardback. Illustrated with monochrome etchings by Jane Joseph.
Slightly sunned spine; fine, probably unread; complete with fine slip-case.
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