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Primo Levi: A life shaped by darkness

The writer turned his imprisonment in Auschwitz into a powerful testimony

By Joanna Bourke   January 2016

Primo Levi wrote that the Nazis were "made from the same cloth as us." © Martin Argles/Guardian/Camera Press

The Complete Works of Primo Levi, edited by Ann Goldstein (three volumes). Penguin Classics, £120 

It was a war zone, but the house at No 26 Glockenstrasse appeared intact. All around it was devastation: pavements were broken, roads were impassable, and the stench of blood, piss and cement hung in the air. Nazism had been defeated,…

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