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Primo Levi

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Primo Levi

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War Literature

Perspective and Narrator

Survival in Auschwitz has a first-person narrator, author Primo Levi.


Survival in Auschwitz is related in the past tense.

About the Title

One of the central ideas of Levi's book Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on Humanity is what it means to hold on to humanity in an extreme environment such as Auschwitz. If This Is a Man, the original title as translated from the Italian, is a line from a poem written by the author and used to introduce the text. The American edition of the book was reissued under the more precise title, Survival in Auschwitz. It is a very literal title—the subject of the book is a man's survival during World War II (1939–45) in the forced labor and extermination camp at Auschwitz, Poland, built by the Nazi occupiers.


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