Over the course of more than twenty-five years, Primo Levi gave more than two hundred newspaper, journal, radio and television interviews speaking with such varied authors as Philip Roth and Germaine Greer. Marco Belpoliti and Robert Gordon have selected and translated thirty-six of the most important of these interviews for The Voice of Memory.
Primo Levi (1919-1987) was born and lived his entire life in Turin, with the exception of the years 1944-45, when he was captured as an anti-Facist partisan, deported to Auschwitz, and then released into war-torn Europe. He was the author of such acclaimed books as If This is a Man, The Periodic Table and The Drowned and the Saved. Marco Belpoliti is editing the complete works of Primo Levi. Robert Gordon is a University Lecturer in Italian and fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
Preface: Robert Gordon. 'I am a Centaura' Marco Belpoliti. Editors' Note. Part I: English Encounters. Germaine Greer Talks to Primo Levi (1985). A Man Saved by His Skills: Philip Roth (1986). Primo Levi in London: Anthony Rudolph (1986). Primo Levi in Conversation: Ian Thomson (1987). Part II: Life. The Little Theatre of Memory (1982). Turin (1980). Mountaineering (1984). Chemistry (1983). The Sinister Power of Science (1987). Poetry and Computers (1985). Me. Old? (1982). Part III: Books. The Truce (1963). Science Fiction (1966/1971). The Periodic Table (1975). The Wrench (1979). La Ricerca delle Radici (The Search for Roots) (1981). If Not Now, When? (1982). The Drowned and the Saved (1986). Part IV: Literature and Writing. A Mysterious Necessity (1972). A Conversation with Primo Levi (1979). Interview for a Dissertation(1981). An Encounter with Primo Levi (1981). An Assault Called Franz Kafka (1983). Primo Levi (1984). The Essential and the Superfluous (1987). Part V: Auschwitz and Survival. The Jewish Question (1961). A Self-Interview, Afterword to If This is a Man (1976). Return to Auschwitz (1982). The Duty of Memory (1983). Words, Memory, Hope (1984). Part VI: Judaism and Israel. Jewish Up to a Point (1976). Interview with Primo Levi (1979). God and I (1983). Primo Levi: Begin Should Go (1982). If This is a State (1984). Bibliography of Levi's Works In Italian and English. Index.