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July Books 13) The Periodic Table

13) The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi

A very neat and thought-provoking series of autobiographical sketches (plus a couple of short fiction pieces), each based around one particular chemical element. Levi uses the metaphor to explore several aspects of his own life: growing up Jewish in Fascist Italy, being an industrial chemist, surviving Auschwitz. Fascinating and absorbing.

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annafdd
Jul. 12th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
You should read the other one, The Monkey Wrench I think it's called. Even better IMHO.

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