By Risa Sodi
This unique and well timed quantity information the impression of Dante's Inferno on Primo Levi's vintage Holocaust narrative, Se questo è uomo, and his final ebook of essays, I sommersi e i salvatie. Such key recommendations as reminiscence, justice, and the area of the impartial sinners - «la zona grigia» for Levi - are given specific emphasis. 3 questions shape the spine of the booklet: Can reminiscence be triumph over? the place is justice for the Holocaust survivor? and, Is there a center flooring among sufferer and oppressors, and the way does Levi outline it? abundant use of interviews with the writer demonstrate how Levi relates those 3 inquiries to such modern figures as Sigmund Freud, Franz Stangl, Rudolf Höss, Jean Améry, Liliana Cavani, and Kurt Waldheim.
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47 The very symbolic nature of the contrapasso makes it possible for us to accept Pier della Vigna becoming a tree, Ulysses consumed by flame, or Farinata within his eternal sepulchre. Not so the punishments apportioned in the real world, in our post-Holocaust world, where some of the guilty were put to death, some imprisoned, some ignored, some let free, and some rehabilitated and reabsorbed into society. 48 What are the demands of justice today, and how can we meet them? No one answer is possible, and certainly not in this forum.
34 He himself seems to have forgotten his name. He survives as a human shell without a human spirit. " He wonders if it is still beautiful, and he meditates that it truly would be a shame to let himself be "submerged" now. It is interesting to note that he doesn't worry about dying; instead, he seems to imply, to become one of the "sommersi" is a fate worse than death. " Lorenzo was the Italian volunteer laborer who provided Levi with the material aid that saved his life (an extra liter of soup a day).
Now, because of an intrinsic weakness of mine or because of a gap in my upbringing, I'm not capable of acting like Jean Amery. 5° Amery says that, under cover of a bombing raid, he punched a Polish prisoner. Later, he was beaten quite badly because of it, but that was part of his moral code, the Zuruclcschlagen, to render a blow for a blow. I've hinted that Amery probably sentenced himself to death with his Zuruckschlagen because he was an extremely polemical man. He was polemical with everyone, including me.
A Dante Of Our Time: Primo Levi and Auschwitz by Risa Sodi