The Reawakening

by Primo Levi

Book, 1995



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New York : Simon & Schuster, 1995.


First published in English in 1965, The Reawakening is Primo Levi's bestselling sequel to his classic memoir of the Holocaust, Survival in Auschwitz. The inspiring story of Levi's liberation from the German death camp in January 1945 by the Red Army, it tells of his strange and eventful journey home to Italy by way of the Soviet Union, Hungary, and Romania. Levi's railway travels take him through bombed-out cities and transit camps, with keen insight he describes the former prisoners and Russian soldiers he encounters along the way. An extraordinary account of faith, hope, and undying courage, The Reawakening was praised by Irving Howe as a remarkable feat of literary craft.

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LibraryThing member ctpress
This is the second book in Primo Levi’s autobiography about Auschwitz and the aftermath of the war. Also goes by the title “The Truce”, in Danish "Tøbruddet".

As the first one this is no doubt a solid five star read. Primo Levi recounts the time just after Auschwitz when jews, refugees and
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other war victims are trying to get home. Everything is chaos, people are starving and sick and many dies in interim camps - Primo Levi is relocated several times to different camps, trying to survive.

He’s such a good storyteller, vivid descriptions of so many people - some showing forth trumendous strength and resilience, others caring and loving, others cruel and vicious. It’s also in places very funny in all the absurd circumstances they happen to find themselves in - so many strange characters and events that you shake your head in disbelief.
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LibraryThing member Miguelnunonave
Wonderful book about human resourcefulness against extreme adversity. Auto-biographical. Subtle humour.
LibraryThing member SoulFlower1981
One of the harder to get through books that I have read recently because Levi has a way of writing in only the exact necessary details of his experiences. This volume deals with his accounts of surviving Auschwitz and what happened to him immediately following it. This book will change your
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perception of what you think happened right after because most of us would consider that people in the concentration camps would just go back home, but this book tells you an entirely different story. If you want to become educated on the real world after the Holocaust you must spend the time to read this book.
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LibraryThing member jonfaith
Depsite the political and philosophical penumbra, I regard this account as a travel narrative. The baggage involved is ineffable. Despite Adorno, this works and it projects.
LibraryThing member TheWasp
Unlike If This is a Man, which is sad and serious, The Truce, which relates Primo Levi's circuitous journey home after his concentration camp survival, if full of expectation and hope.
LibraryThing member overthemoon
Survival, not of the fittest, but of the ones with the most wits about them. Very harrowing, though not as grim as If this is a man... and compelling reading. Lucid style, no whining, no complaining, about the interminable hiatus between the liberation from Auschwitz and the return to Turin, via
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the "Old Roads" somewhere in the Russian countryside at the end of a railway track. Of the 605 who were in Levi's group when he was interned, only 3 survived. I think Levi must have been a quiet man, but he should be listened to.
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