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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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Conclusion: Beyond Testimony

Conclusion: Beyond Testimony

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(p.302) Conclusion: Beyond Testimony
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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/9780691161808.003.0008

This chapter continues the discussion of Primo Levi's writing and then presents some final thoughts. It details how after forty years, and at a different stage in the developed historiography of the Holocaust that Levi had helped to instantiate, his purpose shifted from both the simpler and more complex historic testimonies of his earlier books. Finally, he wrote to analyze and interpret various themes in the evidence that he had transmitted to readers throughout the world. The chapter further argues that the politics of prison writing demonstrates the principles relating to a literary sphere inherently concerned with power and resistance, and the absolute priority of effective communication for safeguarding humane values in civilized societies. There are also real and necessary links between literary traditions representing actual or imaginary prisoners.

Keywords:   Primo Levi, prison writing, prisoners, Holocaust

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