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The Consolations of WritingLiterary Strategies of Resistance from Boethius to Primo Levi$
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Rivkah Zim

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161808

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161808.001.0001

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With Hindsight and Beyond Resistance

With Hindsight and Beyond Resistance

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(p.267) Chapter 6 With Hindsight and Beyond Resistance
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The Consolations of Writing
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Rivkah Zim

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161808.003.0007

This chapter analyzes the work of Primo Levi. Levi's revisions of his experiences in Auschwitz stand alone. He wrote with hindsight because during his thirteen months in Auschwitz he was unable to write: normal life was brutally suspended, and he poured all his physical energies and intellect into the struggle to survive. Traumatic memories are especially persistent and his various forms of memoir, and reaction to his experiences have come to represent the most developed and searing Holocaust testimony that since the later 1940s has evolved in many different forms. Levi's writing epitomizes the ethical incentives of prison writing as testimony for mankind that not only engages new readers but also challenges them, going well beyond testimony as an end in itself.

Keywords:   Primo Levi, prison writing, prisoners, Auschwitz, memoirs, Holocaust

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