Essays

Never Again What?

On the Hard Questions Primo Levi’s Still Asking   One hundred years ago Primo Levi was born in Turin, the first-born son of a middle-class Jewish-Italian family. They were turbulent…

Nonochka or Nonna

Childhood – growing up in Italy 1925-39 In 1924, when I was born in Moscow, my father was working at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In 1925, we moved to…

Weightless

… our poor body, so vulnerable to swords, to guns and to viruses, is space-proof. Republished from: Granta Image: Ernesto Neto, The Body that carries me, 2006 What I would…

Defoe as a Possible Model

The structure of History, a Novel, departs substantially from Morante’s previous novels and poses some interesting interpretative questions. While critics have often pointed to similarities with the narrative structure of…

Cinema as Archive

Amos Gitai once told me: “When the credits scroll down at the end of a screening, a new film begins in the mind of the spectator.”With this image in mind,…

Little Scenes of Rhodes

Conversations between Stella Levi and Isabelle Levy The Department Store of Salomon Alhadeff The Department Store of Salomon Alhadeff was founded in the mid-1800s. It was the biggest department store…

Periodic Words: Stranger

Periodic Words: Stranger In the Preface to If This Is A Man, Levi warns the reader about some possible consequences of organized political systems: “Many people—many nations—, can find themselves…