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Nd others from his own imagination One of my favourites was Buffet Dinner that tells of a rather unusual guest and his difficulties fitting in including a small issue with going up and down stairs Another was In The Park that
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the lace literary characters live and interact with each other from the well known to the supporting acts I #Did Also Find Censorship In #also find Censorship in rather amusing and even snorted yes snorted at the end This is an excellent collection that shows Levi s skills and shows that he was so much than the survivor we knew him to be he was a story teller and a fine one at be he was a story teller and a fine one at Initially excitementBut a cheat by the ublishersThese are NOT unpublished stories at allAll have been One Day in December published in Italian for awhileFor some this seems to be their first rendering into EnglishOthers a second rendering into EnglishBut a cover thatroclaims UNPUBLISHED STORIES is meant to be misleading to SELLAnd from PENGUIN BOOKS not to be expectedThe Barbarians have taken over Education so why not the BookworldAnother gripeIt is not mentioned that Levi committed suicide in his brief end flap biography Is this another white lie from this American Penguin Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts publisher Too nasty to mention Too much like a self inflicted euthanasia A Political Correctnes Imaginative Captivating Precise And carefully crafted Who knew Levi had aenchant for fantasist storytelling Several of the stories in here are whimsical and it was a treat to experience since I ve only read the heavy works by Levi Bureau of Vital Statistics was my favorite but In the Park was neat the lace where book characters go to live before they fade awayEven the stories that seemed like a brief chronicle from his real life rather than a complete short story had worth like the following lineWe were at that age when you have the need and the instinct and the immodesty to inflict on others everything that is seething in your head and elsewhere it s an age that can last a long time but ends at the first compromiseAnd in the aforementioned story where characters from books reside the wonderful confirmation that my own assertion that there are too many rostitutes in fiction nearly all written by men usually as some sort of Isabel de Solis, Soraya: Un Cuento de Amor En La Alhambra plot device to move their malerotagonists emotionally or otherwise comes the line from the guide about who lives in the town Prostitutes above all in a Out of the Box percentage absolutely disproportionate to actual need. Onomer terrified by theossibility that a long dormant star might explode and reduce the entire lanet to vapor This remarkable new collection affirms Italo Calvino's conviction that Levi was one of the most important and gifted writers of our tim. Levi was a very talented writer and he was then just the work that defined him as an Holocaust survivor There are times when I ick a book at random off a LIBRARY SHELF AND DON T REGRET IT AT ALL shelf and don t regret it at all slim volume caught my eye for no articular reason but turned out to be one of the best collections of short stories I ve read for a long time País íntim probably since JG Ballard s Vermilion Sands in 2001 if we re going to beedantic I had heard of Primo Levi and knew he d written a book called The Periodic Table that was named the best science book ever by the Royal Institution of Great Britain I also had an idea he was an Auschwitz survivor but that was the total of my knowledgeNow I know better I m acutely aware that he was not only a scientist and an opponent of Fascism but also an excellent fiction writer The stories in A Tranuil Star are worthy of Italo Calvino and in many ways they resemble Calvino s own visions Conceptual agility is the key Under Lock and Key phrase in any summary of the tales contained in this book a trulyrofound It ains me to give a book one star It truly doesThe first short story could have been great but instead I found it lacking The second story I actually enjoyed Mountain climbing I could have kept reading had it been longerIt went downhill uickly I hated most stories after that The fifth storyno Just no Not sure what I read The ending was so unattached I kept reading the book and kept getting madder and madder Why did I keep reading it I slapped my forehead numerous times One short story I swear the writer got up from his typewriter for a coffee and the Dennis the Menace type of neighbor broke into his house and finished the story for himI need to make it known I love short stories normally It s not that I am opposed to them Just to these articular short storiesSigh Now I know Levi from his writings about the Holocaust and his time in the concentrations camps so when I saw this collection on the shelf in the library I just had to give it a go if only to find out about him as a writer and not #just a survivor And do you know what I was not disappointed In #a survivor And do you know what I was not disappointed In I thoroughly enjoyed each story as each one showed a different side to his skills as a writer and as a story teller an aspect that Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II probably gets freuently overlooked This collection of stories mixes fantasy science fiction horror biography and humour across seventeen very different tales some from Levi s own life Wards off evil to the lustful thoughts of an older man obsessed with a mysterious woman in a seaside villa In the title story Levi demonstrates his unerringly tragic understanding of the fragility of the universe through the tale of aensive astr. Because these stories are generally uite short I found it hard to write individual reviews for them While there were some stories I really enjoyed there were many that were boring or relied too heavily on the reader s outside knowledge By far the best story of the collection was the titular A Tranuil Star I know in the future I will read of Levi s work just because of his importance in Jewish literary canon but in the end I found this first introduction to be articularly underwhelmingOn the translator s introduction I ll #never understand why introductions to short story collections so often feel the need #understand why introductions to short story collections so often feel the need spoil half the stories in the intro They re short stories I ll get to them soon enoughI am a big fan of the all female translation team thoughDeath of Marinese 35Bear Meat 25Censorship in Britinia 45Knall 25In the Park 25The Magic Paint 45Gladiators 45The Fugitive 35One Night 35Fra Diavolo on the Po I refuse to rate this because it s a nonfiction account of Holocaust related ordealsThe Sorcerers 15Bureau of Vital Statistics 35The Girl in the Book 45Buffet Dinner 25The TV Fans from Delta Cep 45The Molecule s Defiance 35A Tranuil Star 55 Most Freud and His Followers people myself included mostly know Primo Levi from his Holocaust relatedrose but here he joins his fellow Italians Eco and Calvino in crafting these curious little fables rooted in the natural and social sciences In fact these stories are downright breezy compared to his dark better known texts like The Periodic Table and The Drowned and the Saved And yet in all of these stories the threat of totalitarianism lurks around the margins What seems like a cute story at first conceals a blade I love Levi s writing he writes with the no nonsense recision of the chemist he was and was excited to read work not focused on his was and was excited to read work not focused on his in Auschwitz There was some good work here but there was a lot that felt and some definitely was unfinished fragmentary or at least unrealized I understand the drive to share every scrap of the work of a genius I have learned from several exhibits of Leonardo s notebooks than I have from dozens of viewings of completed work But for me that was not the case here Glad to have read it for the good ieces and I was intrigued by some of the scraps but my rereads belong to Survival in Auschwitz and The Periodic Table Not all the short stories in this collection are finished or like stories but I liked the overall feeling. These seventeen stories first ublished in Italian between 1949 and 1986 demonstrate Levi's extraordinary range taking the reader from the rimal resistance of a captured artisan fighter to a middle aged chemist experimenting with a new aint that. ,