‘One of the best literary biographies of the year…superb… Levi, I think, would have appreciated it’ Observer
Re-issued to mark the centenary of Primo Levi’s birth, now featuring a new introduction from the author.
Discover the definitive biography of the iconic writer and Holocaust survivor.
On 11 April 1987 the Italian writer and chemist Primo Levi fell to his death in the house where he was born. More than forty years after his rescue from a Nazi concentration camp, it seemed that Levi had taken his own life. His account of Auschwitz, If This Is a Man, is recognised as one of the essential books of mankind.
Ian Thomson spent over ten years in Italy and elsewhere researching and writing this matchless biography. This incomparable book unravels the strands of a life caught between the factory and the typewriter, family and friends. Deeply researched, it sheds new light on Levi’s recurring depressions and unearths vital information about his premature death.