If Not Now, When?

Paperback | July 1, 1995

byPrimo LeviTranslated byWill WeaverIntroduction byIrving Howe

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"One of the most important and gifted writers of our time" —Italo Calvino

In the final days of World War II, a courageous band of Jewish partisans makes its way from Russia to Italy, moving toward the ultimate goal of Palestine. Based on a true story, If Not Now, When? chronicles their adventures as they wage a personal war of revenge against the Nazis: blowing up trains, rescuing the last victims of concentration camps, scoring victories in the face of unspeakable devastation. Primo Levi captures the landscape and the people of Eastern Europe in vivid detail, depicting as well the terrible bleakness of war-ridden Europe. But finally, what he gives us is a tribute to the strength and ingenuity of the human spirit.

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 Few literary figures demonstrate the finely crafted economy of Primo Levi and If Not Now, When? stands as one of his greatest works. Readers follow the lives of a band of Jewish Partisans during final days of the Second World War. Armed with weapons and vengeful spirits, the band of warriors makes its way from Russia towards Italy, fi...

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"One of the most important and gifted writers of our time" —Italo CalvinoIn the final days of World War II, a courageous band of Jewish partisans makes its way from Russia to Italy, moving toward the ultimate goal of Palestine. Based on a true story, If Not Now, When? chronicles their adventures as they wage a personal war of revenge ...

Primo Levi (1919-1987), an Italian Jew, did not come to the wide attention of the English-reading audience until the last years of his life. A survivor of the Holocaust and imprisonment in Auschwitz, Levi is considered to be one of the century's most compelling voices, and The Periodic Table is his most famous book. Levi is also the au...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.68 × 5.11 × 0.77 inPublished:July 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780140188936

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 Few literary figures demonstrate the finely crafted economy of Primo Levi and If Not Now, When? stands as one of his greatest works. Readers follow the lives of a band of Jewish Partisans during final days of the Second World War. Armed with weapons and vengeful spirits, the band of warriors makes its way from Russia towards Italy, fighting the Nazis and freeing concentration camp victims along the way. Even through the dark imagery of war-torn Europe, Levi inspires with a tale of strength, courage and the human spirit. Irving Howe enlightens readers with a thoughtful introduction to Levi’s fictional account of a true story.