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A Trégua (Auschwitz Trilogy #2)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  1,112 ratings  ·  69 reviews
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
Published 1997 by Companhia das Letras (first published 1963)
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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
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
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.
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?...more
Jun 13, 2007 Dagezi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
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.
Uplifting and sobering account of the author�s 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 inc...more
Lauren Hopkins
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
"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.
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 on Helium of Se questo e un uomo (If This is a Man, or Survival in Auschwitz) and its sequel La tregua (The Truce, or The...more
Alan Newman
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...more
Marco Kunst
(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.
Aug 09, 2007 Steel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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 com...more
Barbara L.
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.
Julia Boechat Machado
Ora questo sogno interno, il sogno di pace, è finito, e nel sogno esterno, che prossegue gelido, odo risonuare una você, bem nota, una sola parola, non imperiosa, anzi breve e sommessa. È il commando dell'alba di Auschwitz, una parola straniera, temuta e attesa: alzarsi “Wstawác”.
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
Panthère Rousse
Quatrième de couverture
A la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, un groupe de prisonniers italiens libérés par les Russes entame une longue marche de plusieurs mois pour rejoindre leur terre natale. " Accompagnés " par l'Armée rouge dans une réjouissante pagaille, se retrouvent pêle-mêle héros et traîtres, paysans et voleurs, savants et nomades : autant d'hommes qui redécouvrent, émerveillés, la vie, le monde, la forêt, les filles, sans oublier l'art du trafic pour subsister. La Trêve est le récit...more
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...more
It's an important book but not nearly as compelling as the preceding Survival in Auschwitz. This book becomes more of a series of snapshots of different incidents and characters that Levi encountered in the few months between his liberation from the concentration camp and his arrival back home. Levi's poignant sociological, political and philosophical observations are still present, just fewer and farther between. His most admirable trait is the non-judgmental way he has of observing even the mo...more

Il ritorno a casa. Qui Primo Levi racconta le peripezie, il suo lungo vagabondaggio per l'Europa e il ritorno in patria sempre con una prosa chiara, cristallina e scorrevole. La cosa più bella di questo libro è come vengono delineati i personaggi, descritti sempre in modo completo ma semplice nell'aspetto ma anche nel temperamento e nel carattere nei suoi molteplici aspetti, resi così molto vividi.
Bello il finale, in cui Levi racconta come non sia poi così semplice il ritorno alla proprià c...more
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
La libération d’Auschwitz par des très jeunes soldats russes en janvier 1945 ne signifiait pas la fin d´épreuves pour Primo Levi qui devrait subir une longue odyssée sévère avant de retrouver les siens á Turin vers la fin de 1946. Malade et pauvre comme un rat, il entame un voyage dangereux rempli de personnages romanesques qui ont tous comme objectif non seulement de rentrer dans leurs pays mais aussi de retrouver leur raison d´être et la confiance en l´être humain. Au fur et á mesure Levi déco...more
Luis González
Far from the philosophical depths of Si questo e un uomo, Levi tells the return from Auschwitz to Italy in a much more accessible and fast paced book. It is enjoyable and makes one not lose the scope of the terrible conditions after WWII.
Eté 1945, sous la pression de l'armée rouge, les nazis évacuent en catastrophe la Pologne. Au camp d'Auchwitz, les malades ont été abandonnés, et parmi eux, Primo Levi, l'auteur de ce témoignage. Dans une europe en plein chaos, ces derniers vont être ballotés de centres en centres par les soviétiques, avant de pouvoir finalement regagner leurs foyers italiens. Le narrateur croise des personnages hauts en couleur qui, fort heureusement, n'ont pas les deux pieds dans le même sabot, et ne balancent...more
Mar 18, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: holocaust historians, english students, history students, nonfiction readers
Recommended to Eric by: English 400- Remembering the Holocaust @Ball State University
One of the harder to get through books that I have read recently because Levi has a way of writing in only the exact necessary details of his experiences. This volume deals with his accounts of surviving Auschwitz and what happened to him immediately following it. This book will change your perception of what you think happened right after because most of us would consider that people in the concentration camps would just go back home, but this book tells you an entirely different story. If you...more
Ashley Lauren
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.
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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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