Primo Levi

Primo Levi (1919-1987) lived most of his life in Turin. During the Nazi occupation of Italy, he joined a partisan group in the Alps, but was soon arrested and sent to an internment camp at Fossoli and then to Auschwitz. After the war he worked as a chemist in a paint factory and wrote many books, including Survival in Auschwitz and The Periodic Table, which London’s Royal Institute voted in 2006 ‘the best science book ever’. The measured intensity of Levi’s prose also infuses his poetry – each poem poignant testimony of a suffered and endured integrity.