The Wrench

Author(s): Primo Levi

Philosophy / Psychology

'This is not a book for journalists. Civil servants, too, will feel uneasy while reading it, and as for lawyers, they will never sleep again. For it is about a man in his capacity as homo faber, a maker of things with his hands, and what has any of us ever made but words. I say it is "about" the man who makes; truly, it is more a hymn of praise than a description, and not only because the toiler who is the hero of the book is a hero indeed - a figure, in his humanity, simplicity, worthy of inclusion in the catalogue of mythical giants alongside Hercules, Atlas, Gargantua and Orion. He is Faussone, a rigger' Bernard Levin, The Times

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Amid Levi's grim tales of the Holocaust, The Wrench is an optimistic life-enhancing novel.

Primo Levi was born in Turin in 1919 and trained as chemist. Arrested a member of the anti-fascist resistance during the war, he was deported to Auschwitz. His experiences there are described in his two classic autobiographical works, If This is a Man and The Truce.

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  • : 9780349138633
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Abacus
  • : May 2013
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2013
  • : books

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  • : Primo Levi
  • : 256
  • : 853.914
  • : 1
  • : Paperback