Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Se questo è un uomo” as Want to Read:
Se questo è un uomo
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Se questo è un uomo (Auschwitz Trilogy #1)

by
4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  28,985 Ratings  ·  957 Reviews
In 1943, Primo Levi, a twenty-five-year-old chemist and "Italian citizen of Jewish race," was arrested by Italian fascists and deported from his native Turin to Auschwitz. Survival in Auschwitz is Levi's classic account of his ten months in the German death camp, a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and miraculous endurance. Remarkable for its simplicity, restraint, com ...more
Paperback, Super ET, 209 pages
Published June 2005 by Einaudi (first published 1958)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Se questo è un uomo, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Se questo è un uomo

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
João Pinto Coelho
Levi ensinou-me que as histórias do Holocausto terminam sempre com perguntas. E, sim, é bárbaro escrever Poesia depois de Auschwitz, mas vejam: é possível! Costumo pegar neste excerto e dizer ao mundo o quanto gostava de ter sido eu a escrevê-lo:

“E veio a noite, e foi uma noite tal, que se sabe que olhos humanos não deveriam assistir e sobreviver. Todos sentiram isso: nenhum dos guardas, quer italianos, quer alemães, teve a coragem de vir ver que coisas fazem os homens quando sabem que vão morre
...more
K.D. Absolutely
May 29, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
This book is said to be one of the most important books ever written about Holocaust. What I am referring here are not the history books but the first-hand experiences written and narrated by the people who were there when the Holocaust happened. Since I read a handful of these, I can't disagree. I even think that, in some aspects, this could be the MOST important of them all.

You see, Anne Frank wrote her diary The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank at 13 while hiding in her house with her family so she was not able to include her
...more
Petra X
It's hard to say anything about this magnificent book that hasn't been said many times before, so I won't even try but just write a note on why I have an abiding sadness when I think of the author.

Primo Levi lived all his life in the house of his birth in Turin, Italy apart from when he was in the concentration camp. Luckily he lived, just, through that awful, murderous year, and to all intents and purposes resumed the life of a chemist and author that the Nazis interrupted. He wrote The Periodi
...more
Sam
Jun 04, 2007 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every person alive.
I will try not to overstate my feelings on this book.

I believe this is one of (if not THE) most important book ever written. Everyone should read this book. It details Levi's journey from his home in Turin to Buchenwald. It is absolutely beautifully written. Levi's style of writing is unlike any other I've read. It is detailed, incredibly intelligent, moving, poignant, and in some way almost detached from his experience, which makes reading about it all the more moving and painful. To hear him
...more
Maciek
"Here there is no why."

Primo Levi was an Italian Jew who came to live in very troubled times. Born and raised in Turin, he was subjected to the fascist racial laws which discriminated against Jews and made finding employment very difficult; after the German occupation of Italy began, he joined the resistance movement but was quickly caught and transferred to an internment camp. When the camp itself came under German control, the authorities started arranging mass deportations of captured Jews
...more
Caroline
May 20, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This book is perhaps easier to read than one might imagine.

Primo Levi, aged 25, was attached to a resistance group in Italy. He had recently graduated from Turin University as a chemist, and he was Jewish.

He was captured by German forces in 1944, and deported …. And from then on followed a year of hell in Auschwitz.

Levi writes beautifully, but with a cool voice, so the reader is able to stand slightly back from the horrendous experiences that he describes.

Not everyone is the same in the camp. N
...more
Teresa
27 de Janeiro de 1945: Libertação do campo de concentração de Auschwitz-Birkenau pelas tropas soviéticas.
Hoje, 27 de Janeiro de 2015, faz 70 anos que Primo Levi saiu, fisicamente, vivo de Monowitz-Auschwitz, um campo nazi de trabalho e morte.
Posteriormente - para dar conhecimento ao mundo e para sua própria libertação interior - escreve Se Isto é um Homem. De uma forma contida, relata os acontecimentos de que foi protagonista desde Dezembro de 1943 - data em foi detido - e fala de alguns prisio
...more
Lilo
May 01, 2014 Lilo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every decent person on this planet who can read
There have been so many reviews written on Primo Levi’s “Survival in Auschwitz” that I have very little to add. It has been said many a time that “Survival in Auschwitz” (original title “If This is a Man”) IS THE BEST OF ALL HOLOCAUST MEMOIRS, and it may very well be. Primo Levi not only tells about his horrific experience, he also adds psychological and philosophical reflections, which make this Holocaust memoir unique.

I would like to endorse the following review:

https://www.goodreads.com/revi
...more
Marco Tamborrino
È uomo chi uccide, è uomo chi fa o subisce ingiustizia; non è uomo chi, perso ogni ritegno, divide il letto con un cadavere. Chi ha atteso che il suo vicino finisse di morire per togliergli un quarto di pane, è, pur senza sua colpa, più lontano dal modello dell'uomo pensante, che il più rozzo pigmeo e il sadico più atroce.

Molti hanno scritto su questo libro, molto è stato scritto in generale sul genocidio degli ebrei. Non è mia intenzione scrivere un sermone a difesa degli ebrei, perché lo sappi
...more
Carmo Santos
Oct 20, 2014 Carmo Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia, holocausto
Primo Levi, químico italiano foi capturado pelos nazis e enviado para Auschwitz. Era judeu.
Teve a sorte de ir escapando aos fornos crematórios e sobreviver até à chegada do exército russo e consequente fuga dos alemães.
Pegando no título do livro Se Isto é Um Homem, e considerando o homem como um ser pensante que se rege por valores morais que prezam a dignidade e o respeito pelo próximo, que homens eram estes dos campos de concentração?
Que homens eram os carrascos nazis, o que lhes motivou tant
...more
Kelsey
First off, I must point out that I think it is very difficult to rate someone's personal and emotional account of an event in their life, and even more so when it was a tragedy like the holocaust. That being said, I of course rated the novel five stars, because it is not only a completely true account but it was also written brilliantly. I had the chance before I read this book to read "Man's Search for Meaning", which is another book about the experiences of a survivor of a concentration camp, ...more
Ellie
Πρόκειται για μια μαρτυρία που περιγράφει με παροιμιώδη και εντυπωσιακή ψυχραιμία την εξαθλιώση του ανθρωπου που του στερουν κέθε ίχνος αξιοπρέπειας, ελευθερίας, ανεξαρτησίας. Η απαξίωση της ανθρώπινης ζωή σε όλο της το μεγαλείο.

Ο Λέβι μεταφέρεται στο Άουσβιτς το 1944 και είναι ένας απο τους ελάχιστους επιζώντες του. Ιταλοεβραϊκής καταγωγής, συλλαμβάνεται το 1943 εξαιτίας της συμμετοχής του στην αντιστασιακή οργάνωση Δικαιοσύνη και Ελευθερία. Γράφει το βίβλιο αμέσως μετά την απελευθέρωσή του, όπ
...more
Miguel
Aug 14, 2015 Miguel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Uma floresta de bétulas foi desmatada para que Auschwitz, a icónica rede de campos de concentração circunscrita no sul da Polónia, fosse construída.
A perfeição da Natureza é assolada para dar lugar a um antro de extermínio e de desumanização...

Sem qualquer amplificação retórica, não obstante se sinta que algumas passagens são sublimadas, Primo Levi limita-se a narrar os factos consumados. Não significa isto que em causa está um relato impessoal e desvinculado de emoção. Se Isto é Um Homem é
...more
Quân Khuê
May 14, 2013 Quân Khuê rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Khi người ta hai mươi bốn tuổi, hãy còn “ít hiểu biết, không kinh nghiệm và dứt khoát muốn sống trong một thế giới siêu thực của mình”, mà bị bắt rồi đưa vào trại tập trung Auschwitz - nơi sau này sẽ được ghi nhận như một trong những nơi chốn khủng khiếp nhất trong lịch sử loài người - người ta sẽ khó lòng gọi đó là một chuyện may mắn. Có lẽ chỉ khi là một trong số rất ít ỏi người sống sót sau Auschwitz (theo nhiều số liệu thì chỉ khoảng 2% tù nhân Auschwitz là còn sống khi trại được giải phóng) ...more
Filipe Miguel
Apr 16, 2015 Filipe Miguel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, history, memoir
A vida no Lager

Primo Levi, como escritor, nasceu num campo de concentração. Neste campo de concentração.

Mesmo em pleno direito de exacerbar o que por si só foi um expoente do drama humano, sem sucumbir ao caminho mais fácil, quiçá mais lógico, Levi narra quase de forma imparcial e em formato episódico sucessivo, a vida num Lager que nunca quis para si.

Nada mais é do que isso. Não necessita. De escrita simples contraposta à temática imensamente complexa, expõe o que de mau há no Homem sem catal
...more
André
Sep 02, 2015 André rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Se Isto É Um Homem, capta a realidade através do sentimento do homem, que se torna escritor, para não esquecer e para que outros não esqueçam.

Primo Levi foi um homem de cariz vulgar, preso em Auschwitz sem culpa formada que não fosse o facto de ser judeu, torna-se o herói protagonista de uma obra literária sem precedentes, dado que num relato lúcido e impressionante nos dá a conhecer o quotidiano de um dos campos de extermínio mais repulsivo e que espelha o horror e a violência do regime nazi.
...more
Kirstine
What do you say about a book such as this? Other than it’s important to read it? I’m not sure.

This is Primo Levi’s eye witness account, his version of his personal experiences being a prisoner in Auschwitz during WWII. It’s not exaggerated, it’s not put into a neat narrative, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Which may be what makes it all the more powerful. He writes in a way that’s almost analytical, each chapter covers a particular subject or theme. There’s little thought given to chro
...more
Panos Lettas
Mar 23, 2016 Panos Lettas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ο Primo Levi αυτοκτόνησε –πιθανότατα, ποτέ δε θα μάθουμε στα σίγουρα– το 1987· ο Elie Wiesel (επίσης επιζών του ολοκαυτώματος) είπε τότε : «Ο Primo Levi πέθανε στο Άουσβιτς πρίν 40 χρόνια.»…

Εξαιρετικά γραμμένο βιβλίο, και με μία, άξια αναφοράς, αξιοπρεπέστατη στάση απέναντι στους υπαίτιους της κτηνωδίας του ολοκαυτώματος. Χωρίς μίσος, χωρίς κατηγορίες, χωρίς πολλούς συναισθηματισμούς, με μόνη την απορία πώς είναι δυνατόν να έγιναν πραγματικά όλα αυτά από ανθρώπους, σε ανθρώπους.
Είναι όπως και να
...more
Vanita
Oct 06, 2015 Vanita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
É leviano atribuir cinco estrelas a um relato destes. As estrelas valorizam a coragem do autor, que teve a sorte de sobreviver ao Inferno que os homens tiveram a audácia de levar a cabo. Poder-se-ia dizer que é cruel mas a palavra não contém o tamanho da dimensão do que aqui é descrito.
Dimitris Ligoxigakis
"Γράφω αυτό που δεν θα μπορούσα να πω σε κανέναν" .
Ioannis Savvas
Feb 14, 2013 Ioannis Savvas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ο Primo Levi ήταν ένας Ιταλός χημικός, ο οποίος συνελήφθη και οδηγήθηκε στο κολαστήριο του Άουσβιτς, το 1943. Έμεινε εκεί περίπου ένα χρόνο, μέχρι την εγκατάλειψη του στρατοπέδου από τους Γερμανούς και την επέλαση των Σοβιετικών. Στη διάρκεια αυτού του χρόνου, ο Levi προσπαθεί να επιβιώσει. Όχι μόνο σωματικά, αλλά κυρίως πνευματικά. Η πνευματική του συγκρότηση, η μόρφωσή του, η αγωγή του, πιθανότατα η επιστήμη του, τον βοηθούν να αντέξει. Αυτό που κυρίως τον κάνει να ζήσει είναι η αντίστασή του ...more
AC
Dec 20, 2014 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fascism, energy
A disturbng and important book. Levi's distinction between the drowned and the saved in ch. 9 is especially interesting. The writing is a bit formal and the translation also is slghtly stuff. And, of course, we have all read s omuch of this now (and seen so much of it -- in other places...in this horrid century) that its force (pub. in 1958) is somewhat attenuate. Yet Levi's ntelligence is such that the book retains a permanent value.
Alessia
Apr 10, 2012 Alessia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Io non lo so come si commenta un libro così. Non lo so se ci si può permettere di parlare, di articolare parola e pensiero senza che la vergogna per ciò che è stato non tagli la voce e il filo dei pensieri. Io non lo so come si restituisce la dignità a certe anime offese, né tantomeno so come si può comprendere tutto questo. Penso che comprendere non sia umano. Però mi commuove l’immagine di un signore distinto, con una bella barba bianca, che se ne sta seduto a un tavolino, con l’orrore negli o ...more
Isaura Pereira
Há muito tempo que ouvia falar deste livro e da forma dura como abordava o holocausto. E quando decidi realizar o desafio literário "Leituras do Holocausto" decidi que esta era uma boa altura para ler este livro.

Este foi dos livros mais duros que li para este projecto. A forma como o Primo Levi retrata a sua vivência no campo de concentração tem tanto de brilhante como de assustador e arrepiante. Gostei da forma como o autor transmitiu os seus sentimentos e pensamentos do que ia vivendo e senti
...more
Tracy Shapley
Aug 28, 2010 Tracy Shapley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most difficult books I've ever read. Not in it's word usage or general prose style, but reading about this man's experience in Auschwitz and knowing that it was real . . . I had a really hard time getting through it.

This was the story of Primo Levi, a man who lived in Auschwitz and managed to survive. As I was reading this, I kept thinking about how strange the human's want to survive is. If I were in his position, I am not sure that I would continue fighting. I'm not sure I
...more
Stela
“Oggi io penso che, se non altro per il fatto che un Auschwitz è esistito, nessuno dovrebbe ai nostri giorni parlare di Providenza…”

Guardi qualche foto per cui non riesci proprio a trovare l’epiteto adatto: la mano scheletrica di un bambino africano affamato; la caduta verso la morte di una vittima dell’attentato sulle torri gemelle di New York; un uccello soffocato in un sacchetto di plastica su una spiaggia; la parete coperta di graffiature di una camera a gas ad Auschwitz. E ti dici: se que
...more
Ryan
Mar 10, 2012 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz is a memoir about Levi's:
good fortune to be deported to Auschwitz only in 1944, that is, after the German Government had decided, owing to the growing scarcity of labour, to lengthen the average lifespan of the prisoners destined for elimination; it conceded noticeable improvements in the camp routine and temporarily suspended killings at the whim of individuals.
Levi refuses to offer his readers a sugarcoating of what life in a concentration camp was like.

Con
...more
Inês
Mar 31, 2012 Inês rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ninguém deve sair daqui, pois poderia levar para o mundo, juntamente com a marca gravada na carne, a terrível notícia do que, em Auschwitz, o homem teve coragem de fazer ao homem."

Nenhum livro, filme, música, ou outro qualquer formato de expressão poderá algum dia descrever exactamente o que se passou naqueles campos. Por mais que os relatos sejam minuciosos, há coisas que nem o mais corajoso e sincero dos homens é capaz de admitir que sentiu. A humilhação total, a perda de identidade, o compor
...more
Cristina - Athenae Noctua
La prova più difficile e allo stesso più necessaria per i sopravvissuti dei Lager è stata la testimonianza. Lo spiega bene Primo Levi, che, in Se questo è un uomo e La tregua, testi in cui racconta la dura esperienza dell'internamento e del successivo ritorno a casa, manifesta la costante inquietudine di non trovare, oltre i recinti di filo spinato, un mondo disposto ad ascoltare e a comprendere l'esperienza dei campi di concentramento.
http://athenaenoctua2013.blogspot.it/...
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Hội Thích Đọc Sách: Có được là người - Primo Levi 23 330 May 23, 2015 07:54AM  
The Ka-Be 2 37 Mar 18, 2014 09:58AM  
Goodreads Librari...: Primo Levi 2 34 Feb 08, 2013 02:33PM  
  • The Destruction of the European Jews
  • Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
  • Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers
  • War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust
  • Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Extermination, 1939-1945
  • The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak: Five Notebooks from the Lodz Ghetto
  • Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land
  • Scheisshaus Luck: Surviving the Unspeakable in Auschwitz and Dora
  • Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
  • Auschwitz and After
  • This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen
  • Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood
  • The Dentist of Auschwitz: A Memoir
  • ...I never saw another butterfly...
  • Edith's Story
  • The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945
  • Auschwitz: A New History
  • Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience
4187
Primo Michele Levi (Italian: [ˈpriːmo ˈlɛːvi]; 31 July 1919 – 11 April 1987) was an Italian chemist and writer. He was the author of several books, novels, collections of short stories, essays, and poems. His best-known works include If This Is a Man (1947), his account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland; and his unique work, The Periodic ...more
More about Primo Levi...

Other Books in the Series

Auschwitz Trilogy (4 books)
  • The Reawakening
  • The Drowned and the Saved
  • Moments of Reprieve (Penguin Modern Classics)

Share This Book



“Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable. The obstacles preventing the realization of both these extreme states are of the same nature: they derive from our human condition which is opposed to everything infinite.” 106 likes
“You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find warm food
And friendly faces when you return home.
Consider if this is a man
Who works in mud,
Who knows no peace,
Who fights for a crust of bread,
Who dies by a yes or no.
Consider if this is a woman
Without hair, without name,
Without the strength to remember,
Empty are her eyes, cold her womb,
Like a frog in winter.
Never forget that this has happened.
Remember these words.
Engrave them in your hearts,
When at home or in the street,
When lying down, when getting up.
Repeat them to your children.
Or may your houses be destroyed,
May illness strike you down,
May your offspring turn their faces from you.”
75 likes
More quotes…