By Sodi, Risa; Levi, Primo; Dante Alighieri
This unique and well timed quantity info the impact of Dante's Inferno on Primo Levi's vintage Holocaust narrative, Se questo è uomo, and his final publication of essays, I sommersi e i salvatie. Such key options as reminiscence, justice, and the area of the impartial sinners - «la zona grigia» for Levi - are given specific emphasis. 3 questions shape the spine of the ebook: Can reminiscence be conquer? the place is justice for the Holocaust survivor? and, Is there a center floor among sufferer and oppressors, and the way does Levi outline it? considerable use of interviews with the writer display how Levi relates those 3 inquiries to such modern figures as Sigmund Freud, Franz Stangl, Rudolf Höss, Jean Améry, Liliana Cavani, and Kurt Waldheim
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Most of all, Levi warns, it is a precious service rendered voluntarily or not to those who would deny the truth. The notion of constraint is central to Levi's distinctions among victims, oppressors and that middle ground, the grey zoners; the former are said to join the ranks of the latter upon constraint. To what extent can The Grey Zone and the Neutral Sinners 40 Nazi oppressors also claim constraint as the prod for carrying out their orders? A case that illustrates Levi's thoughts on this matter centers on Kurt Waldheim, the current president of Austria and former Secretary General of the United Nations.
Acted unjustly, causing others to suffer unjustly. Dante's sinners Now, through their divinely-inspired contrapasso in the Inferno, justice is done. Levi, on the other hand (and the other innocent victims like him), did not act unjustly but suffered unjustly; his persecutors acted unjustly yet, to a great extent, did not (and do not) suffer at all. Dante and Primo Levi show many thematic and philosophical affinities in their separate handlings of justice. Yet perhaps herein lies the biggest contrast between these two poets of the inferno: Dante's construct, since literary, is complete, while Levi's discourse, since literal, awaits completion.
The Lager, though, brings with it a deep surprise: it is a terrible world but also an indecipherable one. Didn't Clausner (a character in Se questo t un uomo) sum it up when, unlike the other prisoners, who etched their tatoo numbers or names on the bottom of their soup bowls, he placed the words ne pas chercher de comprendre? The Zugang, or new inmate, rapidly learned-to his terror and, in a few diabolical cases, delight-that yes, the enemy was all around him but also inside him. The boundary began to crumble.
A Dante Of Our Time : Primo Levi and Auschwitz by Sodi, Risa; Levi, Primo; Dante Alighieri