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The Reawakening (Auschwitz Trilogy #2)

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First published in English in 1965, The Reawakening is Primo Levi's bestselling sequel to his classic memoir of the Holocaust, Survival in Auschwitz. The inspiring story of Levi's liberation from the German death camp in January 1945 by the Red Army, it tells of his strange and eventful journey home to Italy by way of the Soviet Union, Hungary, and Romania. Levi's railway ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Touchstone (first published 1963)
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Serenus
Jul 05, 2012 Serenus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trattasi di libro certamente menzognero. In questo libro tutti trombano, vanno a mignotte, s'infrattano con ogni essere più o meno consenziente che si trovi sulla loro strada. Tutti tranne lui, il Levi, che rimane sempre puro siccome un angelo vantando dell'universo femminile: l'intelligenza, la prestanza, lo spirito di sacrificio ecc ... ecc ... mai una volta che dica, che so ... "Tatiana aveva un bel culo che dopo tre mesi di astinenza occupava nel mio cervello un posto uguale al suo volume" T ...more
Maria Carmo
This second book of PRIMO LEVI's Trilogy about the Holocaust has marked me even more than the first one. Maybe this happens because it is no longer the mere description of all the atrocities that happened, but the incredible period after liberation, when, through different countries and regions of Europe, the (very few) survivors of the Italian Group that was deported previously to Auschwitz, finds itself trying to travel back home. The unexpected in this book is this "period of peace" between l ...more
Cristina - Athenae Noctua
Se in Se questo è un uomo prevale la narrazione della disumana routine del campo, è ne La tregua che emerge il vero incitamento alla verità. Proprio questo secondo libro testimonia l'urgenza del ricordo, dando voce al terrore di dover tornare a casa e raccontare ad un pubblico sordo quanto è accaduto nei mesi precedenti.
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El alquimista del tedio .
Si has leído "Si esto es un hombre" seguir con La tregua es lectura obligada.

La tregua comienza donde acaba el anterior. Los alemanes se ven obligados a dejar los campos de concentración a todo meter ante el avance ruso. Así Levi y muchos otros se encuentran en los campos abandonados a su suerte, expuestos al frío, muchos de ellos enfermos de disentería, sin apenas alimentos, pero al fin libres, sin el yugo exterminador de los nazis. Es entonces cuando tras dejar el campo, uno de los muchos exi
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Hilary
Jun 11, 2007 Hilary rated it it was amazing
In The Reawakening, Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi describes his epic journey home to Italy after the Russians liberated the camps. It's a worthy sequel to Levi's Survival in Auschwitz, but also stands on its own as a picaresque, and poignant, adventure. Levi's emphasis on language as necessity to survival carries over from his earlier book, and you learn the words he learns as he makes his way across Poland and into Russia and through Hungary and Romania. You learn as he learns the black market ...more
Ruby
Mar 19, 2015 Ruby rated it it was amazing
Where Survival in Auschwitz took my breath away and made me unable to move, The Reawakening filled me with hope again. Oh, of course it's still - I don't even know the word. But here, I did laugh a couple of times, while it moved me at the same time. It was less intense than Survival in Auschwitz, but it did gave me more space in my chest again. Which is probably a strange way to put it, but that's the only way to describe it.
Dean Moriartist
Jan 01, 2014 Dean Moriartist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italiano
A tratti mi ha ricordato On the Road, per l'innata e inesauribile curiosità del narratore, e per l'aria fresca e selvaggia che si respira in alcune pagine (durante la lunga permanenza a Staryje Doroghi, per esempio), nonostante la sofferenza pregressa e il "nulla pieno di morte" ormai alle spalle: "Accendemmo fuochi nel bosco, e nessuno dormì: passammo il resto della notte cantando e ballando, raccontandoci a vicenda le avventure passate, e ricordando i compagni perduti: poiché non è dato all'uo ...more
Procyon Lotor
WSTAWA?! Pare che ancora oggi gli educatori spingano questo testo con mesta coscienza della memoria condivisa, del dolore e degli obblighi civili. E' probabilissimo quindi che vispi ragazzi indipendenti, quelli che sono spesso solerti agenti contro la catechizzazione e probabili anticorpi contro i disastri ivi narrati, si sentano respinti e lo allontanino sbuffanti da s. Forse dire che privo di suspence come un noir, monotono come un libro di viaggi, piatto come un dialogo teatrale, ovvio come ...more
Vito
Mar 09, 2011 Vito rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seguito di Se questo è un uomo, La tregua vi si discosta molto nella natura e negli intenti: sono, in pratica, due libri completamente diversi.
Al racconto dei lunghi mesi che separano la liberazione di Auschwitz dal rientro a casa ha sicuramente giovato molto non solo la distanza temporale dagli eventi narrati, ma anche la ripetizione orale con cui Levi avrà, negli anni, perfezionato il racconto stesso: il risultato è una storia che, oltre a far giustamente riflettere, appassiona e - perché no?
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Dagezi
Jun 13, 2007 Dagezi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all functioning human beings
This is going to sound slightly unhinged but this might just be the greatest road book ever (and would make an absolutely fantastic movie). Where Survival in Auschwitzdeals with intensity of human suffering and inhumanity focused down to a white hot point almost beyond language, this book deals with an aftermath that of course was anything but simple. The story of how Levi returned home to Italy afterwards, the book manages to capture both the preservation of his essential humaneness and the lar ...more
Dominique
Jan 26, 2009 Dominique rated it it was amazing
I think this is one of the most shockingly beautiful books. How can you be so filled with depression and hope at the same time? The images of his travels throughout Europe, his view of the world as if he is an extraterrestial learning how to live. Everyone should read this book.
Goodson Gary
Feb 22, 2010 Goodson Gary rated it it was amazing
Read after "Survival in Auschwitz". The story of Primo Levi's return home. You won't want to miss it. By the way fellow readers, Primo Levi was introduced to me by Tzvetan Todorov in his book "Hope and Memory". You need to read that one too.
Jonfaith
Mar 18, 2012 Jonfaith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shoah
Depsite the political and philosophical penumbra, I regard this account as a travel narrative. The baggage involved is ineffable. Despite Adorno, this works and it projects.
Muninn
Feb 23, 2016 Muninn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Di questo viaggio picaresco Primo Levi ci riporta i luoghi e gli stati d’animo che lo accompagnavano, ma soprattutto le persone incontrate. Personaggi e avventure raccontate con l’esperienza del narratore navigato, che ha raffinato il suo eloquio smussando gli angoli ed esaltando le tinte dei suoi racconti davanti a platee di ragazzini delle medie e durante serate tra amici, prima di pubblicare La tregua. Sono racconti. Tristi allegri o semplicemente notabili, ma in cui non viene mai meno l’esig ...more
Cynthia Collu
Jun 25, 2015 Cynthia Collu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La tregua è (fortunatamente, direi) romanzo di minore impatto rispetto a “Se questo è un uomo”. A volte ironico, a volte divertente, è assillo di speranze e di timori per il futuro che attende Levi in patria; domani sconosciuto e temuto, ambiguo e indefinibile, che puzzerà, nei sogni che sono dentro ai sogni, sempre di lager. Quasi un taccuino di viaggio, che da Auschwitz attraversa la Russia la Romania l’ Ungheria e finalmente, dopo 35 giorni, approda in Italia, La tregua racconta luoghi person ...more
Michael
Uplifting and sobering account of the authors journey after the liberation of Auschwitz by the Russian advance through Poland near the end of World War 2. For a number of months, rather than becoming the ward of focused relief efforts by Allied Forces and the Red Cross like camps further west, Levi and a diminishing handful of survivors from the complex of sites labeled Auschwitz faced continuing struggles as they mixed with an incredibly diverse population of refugees from the war. These includ ...more
Gauss74
Dopo essere stato colpito nell'anima dallo scientificamente spietato resoconto di un anno nell'inferno di Auschwitz, ho cominciato a leggere questo "la tregua" che ne è il seguito naturale con una certa perplessità.

Perchè quella che avrebbe dovuto essere una uscita da un arroventato e distruttivo girone dovrebbe essere una tregua e non una pace? Questo resoconto del lungo ritorno di Primo Levi dal mondo dei lager alla casa natale a Torino oltre a raccontare con la consueta chirurgica precisione
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Sara
Jul 27, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classici, drammatici
L'orrore di "Se questo è un uomo" è alle spalle e ora bisogna arrangiarsi come si può per tornare alla vita pre incubo. Il viaggio del rientro è surreale e lunare, costellato di incontri con personaggi da fiaba del medioevo, sperduti nei boschi, abili truffatori, anime senza più speranze. C'è persino dell'ironico e scappa qualche sorriso, ma quello che colpisce davvero è la scoperta di quale forza possa nascere nel profondo di un uomo quando deve ripartire neppure da zero, ma dall'abisso del nie ...more
Lauren Hopkins
Sep 16, 2012 Lauren Hopkins rated it really liked it
Primo Levi, an Italian Jew who spent time in Auschwitz first as a political prisoner and then for his Jewish heritage, writes an incredibly compelling follow-up to his "Survival in Auschwitz," beginning when the Soviets arrived at Auschwitz and dismantled the camp and ending as he finally returns home to Turin nearly a year later after being transported from camp to camp, train station to train station, throughout much of central and eastern Europe. It's touching, moving, and even a bit funny at ...more
Kate
May 13, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
"The Reawakening" is a crucial companion piece to Levi's "If This is a Man." Where "If This is a Man" describes the brutality of people complicit in one of the most horrifying programs of systematic dehumanization in recent human history, the "The Reawakening" is like spring after winter: not all easy or hopeful but full of moments that show the complexities and idiosyncrasies of people bent on continuing to live. The two books together tell one of the truest human stories I've ever read.
Tucker
Nov 12, 2014 Tucker rated it really liked it
Shelves: existential
Levi describes the hardships of his journey home to Italy following the liberation of Auschwitz. Formatted chronologically, almost as a diary, without significant action or conflict, the significance of this book may not be apparent when it is read on its own. It would be best read as a follow-up to If This is a Man (published in the US as Survival in Auschwitz).

See my review of Se questo e un uomo (If This is a Man, or Survival in Auschwitz) and its sequel La tregua (The Truce, or The Reawakeni
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Alan Newman
Nov 18, 2011 Alan Newman rated it it was amazing
Primo Levi's trilogy of books about Auschwitz are a staggering achievement. He writes without compromise of the atrocities that men are capable of but also of the triumph of the human spirit of the interned. Most significantly he deals with issues that are particularly difficult: does a prisoner who steals food from a dying man bear the same guilt as the nazis? Who should or shouldn't be forgiven?
He despairs over whether the world will someday forget what happened and felt obligated to write hi
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Marco Kunst
Aug 14, 2014 Marco Kunst rated it it was amazing
(Gelezen in Nederlandse versie die op Goodreads niet te vinden is.)
Heel bijzonder zijn de vitaliteit, de nieuwsgierigheid, de scherpte van geest, de humor en het bizar groteske, en dat alles met mildheid opgeschreven, in tegenstelling tot de gruwelen die aan het verhaal voorafgingen (Auschwitz) en de vernietiging, willekeur en anarchie van het net-naoorlogse Europa / Rusland die beschreven worden.
Ashley Lauren
Nov 05, 2012 Ashley Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, wwii
This isn't the kind of book that really needs my stamp of approval. Some things people should just read and know about, and one of those is Primo Levi's experiences. He is a phenomenal writer, somehow making me see his experiences in a way that not only shocks but also makes an impression on me. Such an amazing mind - and such a horrific time. Everyone should read Survival in Auschwitz and follow up with this one. I dare you not to be changed.
Steel
Aug 09, 2007 Steel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Holocaust literature or trying to understand human nature in extreme situations
I read this book last semester while working on a longer paper on Levi's work. I think the Italian title is La Tregua (the Truce) and the book tells the story of his liberation from Auschwitz and the ensuing year as he moved further east into various administrative camps through Russia and his eventual circuitous journey home to Turin, Italy. His eye is typically sharp and his recollections stunning and impossibly true in their frankness and lack of obscurity from emotional excitement. A brillia ...more
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I'm not sure we'll ever understand how someone or -thing is able to tap into our collective consciousness and turn us into an inhumane mob. Still, I continue to read those who bear witness, and who themselves strove to understand: on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, three books by Primo Levi. In the third book, Moments of Reprieve, he writes: "It might be surprising that in the Camps one of the most frequent states of mind was curiosity. And yet, besides bei
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Sarah
Jun 08, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, memoir
Another great and thought-provoking book by Primo Levi. I'm sure it isn't surprising to say that this book, about his interval of time post-Auschwitz but before living at home in Italy again, was not so chilling and dark as Survival In Auschwitz about his time inside the camp, I did not expect to laugh out loud as many times as I did. Levi demonstrates such reflection, is quite unflinching, and I see more than ever before that curiosity and compassion help us to get through life and move on.
Barbara L.
Aug 22, 2012 Barbara L. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, holocaust
Primo Levi was an Italian Jew and a Holocaust survivor. This book, which begins at the time of Levi's liberation from Auschwitz, describes his experiences as a refugee, awaiting the opportunity to return home to Italy. The book was neither overly graphic nor sentimental; beautiful writing, full of insights. Highly recommend it.
J Puntillo
Apr 21, 2014 J Puntillo rated it it was amazing
Levi's prose is beautiful and haunting - a stern reminder regarding the price of our humanity day in and day out: the precarious transaction of resources for vitality, our joie de vivere. I struggle with those moments in our collective history that we might call a "paradigm shift," our mentalité renewed by an event where we carve out a radically new existence. The Shoah was just one of these. We live in it's shadow every day. We cannot recapitulate the humanity that was lost. Levi's written memo ...more
Sergio
Dec 27, 2015 Sergio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non all'altezza, secondo me, del più sofferto "Se questo è un uomo", ma lettura più distensiva del precedente capolavoro di Primo Levi, questo romanzo autobiografico narra, in modo avventuroso ma anche introspettivo, le vicissitudini, dopo la fine della seconda guerra mondiale, di un gruppo di prigionieri sfuggiti alla morsa del lager nazista di Auschwitz e desiderosi soltanto di lasciarsi alle spalle il tormento subìto e tornare al più presto in seno alle rispettive famiglie: non sarà semplice ...more
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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 concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland; and his unique work, The Periodic ...more
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Auschwitz Trilogy (4 books)
  • Survival in Auschwitz
  • The Drowned and the Saved
  • Moments of Reprieve (Penguin Modern Classics)

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