Arduous Tasks: Primo Levi, Translation and the Transmission of Holocaust Testimony

Arduous Tasks: Primo Levi, Translation and the Transmission of Holocaust Testimony

By: Lina N. Insana (author)Hardback

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One of twentieth-century Italy's greatest thinkers, Primo Levi (1919-1987) started reflecting on the Holocaust almost immediately after his return home from the year he survived in Auschwitz. Levi's powerful Holocaust testimonials reveal his preoccupation with processes of translation, in the form of both embedded and book-length renderings of texts relevant to Holocaust survival. In Arduous Tasks, Lina N. Insana demonstrates how translation functions as a metaphor for the transmission of Holocaust testimony and broadens the parameters of survivor testimony. The first book to study Levi and translation, Arduous Tasks overcomes the conventional views of the separation between his own personal memoirs and his translations by stressing the centrality of translation in Levi's entire corpus. Examining not only the testimonial nature of his work, Insana also discusses the transgressive and performative aspects of transmission in his writings. Arduous Tasks is a superb and innovative study on the importance of translation not only to Levi, but also to Holocaust studies in general.

About Author

Lina N. Insana is an assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • ISBN13: 9780802098634
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 340
  • ID: 9780802098634
  • weight: 660
  • ISBN10: 0802098630

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