Reading Primo Levi in 2019

Spring 2019

Monday evening 7.30–9.30pm
From: 28 October 2019
To: 16 December 2019
Mirna Cicioni
7 week course (October 28, November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16)

2019 marks one hundred years since the birth of Primo Levi, a writer whose impact is still felt today.

This course will look at Levi’s works of testimony – and what he wrote about himself, science and humanity – and discuss what remains relevant to Australian readers today, with reference to Inge Clendinnen, Raimond Gaita and Robert Manne.

Select readings will be provided, but students are strongly encouraged to read If This Is a Man, The Periodic table and The Drowned and the Saved before the course begins. It would, moreover, be helpful to read Other People’s Trades and The Wrench. 

This short course is part of the Primo Levi: Writer, Witness, Scientist: Italian and Jewish Organisations Unite to Celebrate Life centenary program presented with CO.AS.IT, the Italian Cultural Institute Melbourne and Jewish Holocaust Centre.

Image: Leah Teschendorff. Memory container II – Yahrzeit Lamp, 1999, heat blackened mild steel, silver.

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General (until 28 October 2019)
$240 Museum member
$270 Non-member
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