Se non ora, quando?

Se non ora, quando? Primo Levi Was Among The Greatest Witnesses To Twentieth Century Atrocity In This Gripping Novel, Based On A True Story, He Reveals The Extraordinary Lives Of The Russian, Polish And Jewish Partisans Trapped Behind Enemy Lines During The Second World War Wracked By Fear, Hunger And Fierce Rivalries, They Link Up, Fall Apart, Struggle To Stay Alive, And To Sabotage The Efforts Of The All Powerful German Army A Compelling Tale Of Action, Resistance And Epic Adventure, It Also Reveals Levi S Characteristic Compassion And Deep Insight Into The Moral Dilemmas Of Total War It Ranks Alongside THE PERIOD TABLE And IF THIS IS A MAN As One Of The Rare Authentic Masterpieces Of The Th Century

Primo Michele Levi Italian pri mo l vi was a chemist and writer, the author of books, novels, short stories, essays, and poems His unique 1975 work, The Periodic Table, linked to qualities of the elements, was named by the Royal Institution of Great Britain as the best science book ever written.Levi spent eleven months imprisoned at Monowitz, one of the three main camps in the Auschwitz

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  • Se non ora, quando?
  • Primo Levi
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  • 21 April 2017
  • 9780141183909

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  1. says:

    Born into a Jewish family, Primo Levi could not have foreseen the future that lay ahead of him.With the rise of fascism, the chemist writer would get caught up in what seemed a civil war in the German zone where Italians fought Italians and fascists fought anti fascists, Levi was arrested for resistance activity, and by train left Turin, passing the Mole Antonelliana, a major landmark building, little did he realize he would pass the same building entering Turin again in 1945 He was a lucky boy, but then he wasn t, how can one truly escape what went before, the unimaginable horror, Auschwitz.A work of fiction, but based on real events, Primo Levi with dignity and passion, traces the journey of a group of partisan survivors who in the latter stages of World War Two make their way from the snow covered ground of Russia, through Germany then Italy, hoping to reach Palestine Former soldiers Mendel and Leonid meet up with a band of rebels deep in the freezing harsh woods and marshes somewhere in Soviet territories, luckily for them they are also Jews, men, women and children Constantly vigilant for any unwanted German attacks, they move west, into Polish territory and navigate the anti Semitism of both peasants and the Polish underground News is spreading that allied forces are giving the Nazis hell, but the war here is far from over, confronted with the hostilities of mother nature and other war stragglers, they continue their quest for the holy land, and hopefully calm, goodwill and harmony.On the one hand this does have the all the hallmarks of non fiction, simply because of it s main themes, however, it does read like a novel, there is unmanageable tension during the battles, with one of sabotage on a train being quite thrilling, and also warm compassionate moments between the group, where even love can blossom in the face of such adversity If Not Now , When, is most of all the tale of a journey, the journey itself goes though ever changing landscapes, where the usual markers of place of direction have been effaced The partisan skirt towns, villages and roads have all no doubt seen better days, communication with the outside world does not exist A few even got the chance to sit out the war, an Uzbek made his home in a crashed German plane with out seeing any conflict, whist an arch survivor nestled in an empty underground bunker with only the solitude of his own thoughts as to whats going on elsewhere.This is also a story of memories, narrated by eye witnesses whose testimony serves much the same function as Levi s own in his other works For the best part, the Germans remain off stage, talked of, but only fought in small areas The genocides surfaces in the halting recollections and dreams of the survivors, Mendel dreaming of home and wife, a normal life, away from the madness.Jews taking up arms is a theme Levi returns to time after time Levi declared that he wanted to nail the myth prevalent in Italy at the time, that no Jews had resisted the Nazis , our war is just , Mendel tells the Russians when capturing a German fighter alive after raiding an abandoned concentration camp, they feel the need to tell him they are Jews But the desire for revenge is tempered with the demands of justice itself, blood isn t paid for with blood, blood is paid for with justice Yet it is hard for these people to give up their arms, and they are only with difficulty persuaded to do this when they reach the Italian border The story would end with the joy of a birth,only to be followed by breaking news, August 6th 1945, and the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima Like his heroes, Levi manages to escape death, returning home to his native city and family, and left the world with written works that are a testimony to a special kind of human spirit, an extraordinary man, who through lucid mediation relives his unbearable experience, and all it s chaos.

  2. says:

    This was an amazing piece of war time adventure Adventure during war times you ask Yes, that is exactly how this is written, and what makes it on a optimistic note A piece of brilliant writing by Primo Levi, and probably one of the best optimistic war novels ever written Superbly translated by William Weaver, who has translated several books from Italian written by Umberto Eco, Primo Levi and Italo Calvino Not that I have read the original in Italian, but the English translation itself is able to convey a lot of its essence, and the reader never feels that it has been translated.The book is a fictionalized reconstruction based upon sources of research and discussions by the author after WWII The story is about group s of Russian, Jewish, and Polish partisans, who combine and then keep re combining now and then, while moving westwards from Western Soviet Russia into Poland, to Germany and into Italy, along with their partisan activity between July 1943 and August 1945 Most of them being Jewish, their final destination is Palestine It chronicles the adventures, crises and moral struggles of the group fiction, yet grounded in fact.One of the best parts of the book, is that the style seems very informal, especially regarding the dialogues This actually helps the reader in being in the situation back then With the way in which it is written, the reader is also held up psychologically and emotionally in the zone along with the partisans all the while.The book starts with two protagonists, which is what I had felt, but following which later in the story, a few characters are included and I for one felt everyone to be protagonists by the end of the book, in their own ways Such balance is maintained, and every character s importance is displayed I liked this part too.The unpredictable nature of their journey at a time, when the characters never knew whether the war is ending or not, or how long it has to go on, whilst at the same time, focus is on the activities of characters and their lives, how they try to spend good times, their dialogues on philosophy, poetry and music, and the stuff of love in their lives, etc makes it a very dynamic reading The author spends least amount of time on the disgust and gore of the war and the holocaust, although keeping it within the framework of the story in the background This is especially well done And I felt this is one of those super ways in which someone can make a war time novel so un war like and interesting at the same time The title of the book is taken from the sayings of Rabbi Hillel which are found in the Pirke Avoth The Maxims of the Fathers , a collection of sayings of famous rabbis, edited in the second century A.D and which are a part of the Talmud The words are taken from chapter one, verse thirteen If I am not for myself, who will be for me And even if I think of myself, what am I And if not now, when The book is a highly recommended read, and I could advise on going slow while living in those moments.

  3. says:

    The story of Jewish partisans in occupied Russia during the last years of WW2.A group of people including some who escaped from camps, others that escaped pogroms and some Jewish Russian soldiers People of different age, different background and different purposes.Some just want to live and return to their houses, others want to fight and revenge their loved ones and others want to fight in order to immigrate to Palestine.They are hunted by the Germans with their collaborators Ukrainian, Hungarian, Czech and others , the local people who in some cases hate Jews, and in some cases other groups of partisans.The book describes the group, the dynamic in the group, the day to day life and the various operations they did We get details about the history of most of the people and the path they took until joining the group The story is rich in details and includes various Jewish cultural information that effects the story There is strong emphasis on the internal strength of each character and the effect of this strength on the actions of the person and on his chances to survive and contribute to the cause of the group.The later part of the book describes the journey the group took, at the end of the war, through Poland and Germany until they arrived in Italy on their way to Palestine.During this journey they meet the refugees of the camps and the author emphasizes the clear mental difference between the Jews that lived through fighting and between the Jews who were released from the concentration camps While most of the partisans were strong in heart and ready to continue in life on whatever path they choose, the Jews that were released from the camps were mostly mentally broken and many committed suicide In the concentration camp no one committed suicide There was no time for that, there were other things to think about, bread, boils Here we have time, and people kill themselves Partly out of shame What shame Line asked You feel ashamed when you ve done something wrong, and they did nothing wrong Shame that they weren t dead, said Francine I have it, too it s stupid but I have it It s hard to explain It s a feeling that the others died in your stead as if you were alive free of charge, out of some privilege you never earned, out of some abuse you did to the dead Being alive is not a crime, but we feel it as a crime I found the second journey part of the book convincing and realistic In this part, the author draws from his own experience and therefor can write about it with details accuracy and originality The first partisan part was written through research and it impressed me less.This is the first fiction novel I read by Primo Levi and it is impressive I still like his non fiction

  4. says:

    If I m not for myself, who will be for me If not this way, how And if not now, when This is an amazing book, detailing the experiences and journey of a group of Jewish Partisans fighting behind the German Lines on the Russian Front The book, written by Primo Levi, a Jewish concentration camp survivor, despite being a fictional work, is based around historical fact and that there were small groups or bands of Jewish Partisans who did disrupt the Nazis behind their lines, who worked independently from the Red Army It is much than a war book about Partisans however, the character development of the members of the group is descriptive and telling, and with the books main protagonist, Mendel a Jewish Watchmender who ended up in the Red Army , we get to experience his disillusionment with his own religion, his loss of his family, his own crises of doubt about life and the friendships he strikes up with some of the Women members of his Partisan group and so on The novel also tells a tale about the long term suffering and abuse that Jews had suffered, and this is cleverly brought into life with the various dialogue exchanges between Mendel and his band of partisankas This comes not only from Nazis either in most places where they end up in White Russia, later on also in Poland, Germany and Italy, most of the people they encounter, either from other Partisan groups, local peasants etc, treat these Jewish Partisans with hostility, or at least initial misgivings and wariness Anti Semitism is rife wherever they end up, but most of the time the fact that they have a common enemy does break down barriers If not now, when is a tale of a journey From Western Russia where the book begins in July 1943, we travel across parts of the Ukraine, into Poland, through Eastern Germany and then, finally Italy, where the books ends The books chapters are dates, all chronicling, behind the scenes, the final years of the Second World War, and it evokes probably one of the most descriptive portrayals of the refugee situation and the chaos in Eastern Europe at the close of WW2 Everyone, all different nationalities are moving, some being held still in Lagers, or prison camps, but now under guard from the Red Army, most displaced, many without homes to go back too because they are ruined Mendel and his band, who are called Gedalists after their leader, Gedaleh, are looking to reach their promised land , so they are travelling towards Italy to try and get to Israel, because Europe has killed them They are living the Zionist dream, they see it as their homeland and this is what motivates them throughout their journey Mendel becomes introspective however of his Faith, and his thoughts throughout the novel express his conflict.I liked this book it contains a depth that makes it quite a heavy read, and is an eye opener, not only for understanding the partisans on the Eastern Front and how they were organised as well as how the Red Army tried to disband them immediately as they liberated areas, but also contains an element of hope on their journey, they meet various people who don t judge them as Jews, but some actually try and help them and show an interest in their bedraggled selves Primo Levi was an incredible humane writer, probably all the so because he was a Jew and survived 5 stars.

  5. says:

    If not like this, how And if not now, when This line is said by Gedale, one of the main characters of the novel towards the end of the book, but its meaning is wider.While reading many good and dramatic accounts from the Shoah there s a question that often comes to mind and mouth Why did all these Jewish people let themselves being humiliated, robbed, prisoned and killed by Nazis and anti semites without trying to resist After all, most of the times, they had numbers on their side Maybe we may answer to ourselves it has very much to do with their own religion, with fatalism, with the confident acceptation of the will of God They were caught by surprise we may also say they could not believe to what was going on around them Most of the times they were simply hiding because confident of help by Ally or even Soviet forces.Well some of them, did not simply wait for the storm to come and pass, falling like leaves in an autumnal wood The Ghetto Uprising in Warsaw is a good example of a Jewish planned and made revolt against the Nazi forces And then there are less known uprisings in places like Treblinka where it was even hard surviving not even to mention fighting.Gedale is a fictional character created by Primo Levi and this story is not history but he speaks for thousands of people who really existed, fought and eventually won staying in the shadow.Gedale is Polish Gedale is Jewish Gedale is a partisan.He fights because it has to be done He kills because he has to Jewish Partisans were a less known phenomenon like many others in WWII who knows about the braveness of the Polish forces led by general Anders, or about the sacrifice of many Indian Sikh in the British troops, or about Brazilian soldiers fighting in Europe and Primo Levi did such a great job in narrating us about them.There is an impressive work of research behind this novel and not a single moment characterized by sectarian view Levi doesn t hide the unpleasant thirst of revenge that sometimes leads Gedale and its bunch of Jewish Partisans In this book there is no overindulgence at all and this is an important part of its worthness Not forgetting the way Primo Levi has to take the reader through thousands of kilometres on an unknown side of the Eastern European front from Russia to Italy passing through Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and already occupied Germany I also think each main character here has a convincing and realistic personality and development, even if it may be easy to make confusion among them at some point Still If Not Now, When is a must reading.

  6. says:

    Mendel is a Russian Jew whose wife was killed when the Germans invaded Russia Having joined the Soviet army and become detached from it behind the German lines, he is wandering through the countryside, fighting his own war to survive He meets up with other partisans, stragglers, and members of various resistance groups Slowly this changing band makes its way west, coming up against other groups friendly or not, losing some lives and saving others, undermining the German army where possible, but mostly staying out of its way.I knew this was a Holocaust story but it wasn t what I expected It didn t focus on the concentration camps or ghettos, nor on Primo Levi s native Italy, but on the devastated landscape of Eastern Europe in the confused final years of the war An awe inspiring story.

  7. says:

    This was in many ways a breath of fresh air in Holocaust literature reflective of the horrors yet focusing on WWII itself and all the other things that were happening to the Jews outside of the camps It was nice learning about the partisans and the underground survivors, and how Italy drew all the Jews from everywhere in preparation for a new life In a way, it was a period that I already knew a lot about from previous literature, but delivered in a different way, focusing on a different perspective It was also surprisingly balanced for a book by a Holocaust survivor Levi didn t sink too deeply into despair, or condemn everything for the rest of time for what happened His style of writing is very straightforward, and spends just as much time on the good as on the bad Surprisingly pleasant, as well as informative.

  8. says:

    Primo Levi is such an amazing writer He has the ability to say so very much with so little in a way that is still intensely satisfying While I didn t enjoy this book as much as Survival in Auschwitz, it was still an immensely satisfying read However, if you have never read any Primo Levi, I would recommend starting with his nonfiction Any of it.

  9. says:

    Superb fascinating portrayal of mainly Jewish group of partisans, in the dying days of WWII, journeying across Russia, Poland, Germany and Italy Heavily based in fact, so feels very documentary memoir ish, but enough characterisation narrative drive to be satisfying as a novel Levi has basically done a perfect necessary job of detailing this little known POV on the war.

  10. says:

    What I learned from this book the meaning of Israel For the Russians, a longing for home was not an unreasonable hope, even probable a yearning to go back, a call For the Jews, the regret for their houses was not a hope but a despair, buried till then under urgent and serious sorrows, but latent always Their homes no longer existed they had been swept away, burned by the war or by slaughter, bloodied by squads of hunters of men tomb houses, of which it was best not to think, houses of ashes Why go on living, why fight For what house, what country, what future Despair is what drives Levi s partisans to fight They fight because there is nothing else for them to do, nowhere else for them to go, no one to strike out against except Hitler s Nazi soldiers And as they fight, they move gradually south, towards Italy and that mythical place called Palestine, that place where Jews can finally be free of persecution.The tragedy is that thanks to hindsight, we know what happened to Israel and Palestine There was no peaceful utopia waiting for the Jews beyond the sea, in fairy tale land, where milk and honey flow But what really makes this book special is the end Bittersweet Symbolic Beautiful.

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