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If This Is A Man

(Auschwitz Trilogy #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  38,164 ratings  ·  1,514 reviews
Durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Primo Levi, vingt-quatre ans, juif, lutte auxcotes des maquisards antifascistes du Piemont. Capture en 1943, il se retrouvepeu apres a Auschwitz, ou il demeurera plus d'un an avant d'etre libere par l'armeerusse en janvier 1945.Au camp, il observe tout. Il se souviendra de tout, racontera tout: la promiscuitedes blocks-dortoirs, les camar ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published 2001 by Folio Society (first published 1947)
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Luca Ambrosino
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ero quattordicenne quando lessi Se questo è un uomo: unico libro tra quelli letti per dovere scolastico ad essermi piaciuto anche allora. Mi colpì molto, mi impressionò, era la prima volta che venivo a conoscenza di un'esperienza diretta di chi ha vissuto in prima persona la realtà dei campi di concentramento.

Primo Levi racconta l'esperienza vissuta dal momento della sua cattura, l'insediamento nel campo di concentramento di Auschwitz, la vita quotidiana, fin

João Coelho
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Petra Eggs
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
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 16, 2009 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
Sidharth Vardhan

"Only an animal worries all the time about the next meal."
- Naguib Mahfouz

The desperation of the quote arising out of the idea that poor forced to live meal-to-meal might not be able to enjoy a human life can be found in Levi's memoir too. It's title coming from the poem that begins:

"You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who does not know peace
Who fights for a scrap of bread
Jun 04, 2007 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
Paula M.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aconteceu há tão pouco tempo mas metade do Mundo já esqueceu...
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο αυτό αποτελεί μια εξαιρετικά «αντικειμενική» ματιά για τον τρόπο λειτουργίας των στρατοπέδων συγκέντρωσης. Ο Levi αν και ήταν μέσα στο στρατόπεδο για πάνω από ένα χρόνο, κατάφερε να συγγράψει ένα έργο απαλλαγμένο από «παθιασμένο» λόγο. Είναι σχεδόν εκνευριστικό το πώς κατάφερε και περιόρισε σε μηδενικό βαθμό το μίσος του για ότι βίωσε και κατάφερε να δώσει μία περιγραφή των πραγμάτων σαν απλός παρατηρητής και όχι σαν έγκλειστος. Έτσι μπορεί κάποιος να καταλάβει από πρώτο χέρι πως λειτο ...more
Lila Dimaki
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το είχα διαβάσει στην εφηβεία μου.Πιστεύω πως ό,τι συνέβη στο Άουσβιτς και στα άλλα στρατόπεδα συγκέντρωσης είναι η μεγαλύτερη έκφανση του κακού που έχει γνωρίσει η ανθρωπότητα.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Evripidis Gousiaris
Συγκλονιστικό και τρομαχτικό...
Απλά διαβάστε το...
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
انسان نسبت به انسانهای دیگر یا همچون خدایان است یا همچون گرگ. ارسموس

خودکشی پریمو لوی -نماد مقاومت و استقامت انسانی- در اواخر دهه هشتاد بهقدری دور از انتظار بود که باعث سرخوردگی و یاس گسترده ای در دنیا شد. در آن زمان ویلیام استایرن نویسنده کتاب ظلمت آشکار: خاطرات دیوانگی با چاپ مقالاتی در تایمز، لوی را جز آندسته از افرادی قرار داد که زیر رنج عظیم افسردگی سرانجام کمر به نابودی خویش بستند و به دفاع از او و اقدامش پرداخت. من اولین بار نام پریمو لوی را در همین کتاب استایرن دیدم. مدتها از خواندن این ک
Apr 16, 2013 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:
"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
Sep 17, 2013 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
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Η πιο σεμνή και ουσιαστική καταγραφή της φρίκης του Ολοκαυτώματος. Δεν είναι τυχαίο που το βιβλίο διδάσκεται από τη δεκαετία του 60 σε σχολεία. Ούτε ύφος ούτε μυθοπλασία, μόνο η παράθεση της αλήθειας, με οξυδέρκεια, βάθος ψυχής και τρυφερότητα απέναντι στον άνθρωπο.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia, holocausto, bib-p
Primo Levi, químico e italiano foi capturado pelos nazis e enviado para Auschwitz. Era judeu.
Teve "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 nos campos de concentração?
Que homens eram os carrascos nazis, o que lhes motivou ta
Survival in Auschwitz
Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

A well-written, accessible testimony of day to day life in the Lager of Buna-Monowitz (Auschwitz), from January 1944 until its liberation on 27 January 1945.

The struggle with hunger, cold, tiredness and sickness becomes almost tangible while reading the many true stories which are absorbingly told.

The author's intelligent, insightful thoughts on the dehumanization caused by this constant struggle and humiliation of the Jewish prisoners, make this book a superior, timeless
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'agghiacciante esperienza nel lager narrata da Primo Levi. Una biografia "romanzata" appassionante e terribile. Da leggere!
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Inicio a leitura.
Um poema "Se isto é um homem!"

Senti-me irremediavelmente presa.
Demasiado afortunada.

Primo Levi apela à memória e insurge-se veemente. Amaldiçoa a inconsciência, a cegueira, daquele que a corrompe ou a ignora.

Deveríamos todas as manhãs beber e digerir estas palavras?
Talvez. Até ficar intrínseco, diluído no nosso ser, para nunca esquecer. Até provocar uma mudança. VERDADEIRA! PROFUNDA! Sim, porque continuamos a testemunhar tantos flagelos por esse mundo fora.

Uma narração
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. A recount of Life In Hell on Earth.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Io credo che questo libro parli da solo.
Quân Khuê
May 10, 2013 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
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
Đông Huynh
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Cuốn sách này, ngoài những mô tả về cuộc sống dưới mức con người ở Auschwitz, còn phơi bày một khía cạnh nhỏ cho thấy vì sao người Do Thái luôn được cho là dân tộc kinh doanh giỏi nhất, và có đầu óc sáng tạo bậc nhất. Ngay cả ở Auschwitz người ta vẫn có thể họp chợ, buôn bán và tạo ra "thị trường". :)

Ngoài ra, cuốn sách này tạo ra một bộ đôi không thể hoàn hảo hơn với "Chiến tranh không có một khuôn mặt phụ nữ". Một bên là thân phận của những người phụ nữ trong và sau chiến tranh, một bên là thâ
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adiei a leitura deste livro por demasiados anos e agora, em parte motivada pelo projeto #Hol74 da @dorasantosarques e em parte impelida a lê-lo porque terei a oportunidade de visitar Auschwitz muito em breve, terminada a leitura não consigo deixar de pensar que aquele tempo relatado por Primo Levi é como uma fotografia num álbum empoeirado mas vívido: tem vida própria e encontra-se suspenso num espaço de memória colectiva que nos permite apreciá-lo com nojo, horror e admiração. Que ousadia foi s ...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
Luís C.
It is not necessary to consume mountains of books to understand the atrocity, inhumanity, visceral cruelty of war. Only One. No need to cram definitions and issue cries to understand what an organized genocide. Only One. Needless to collect thousands of testimonials to get an idea of the trauma experienced by those who escaped the carnage in extremis of the death camps. Only One. No need to make multiple detailed diagrams to explain the process of dehumanization carefully meditated to destroy al ...more
João Carlos
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2014


Impressionante e verdadeiramente aterrador...

Primo Levi, nasceu em Turim, Itália, em 1919, judeu e engenheiro químico - sobrevivente ao Holocausto nazi, perpetrado pelo Partido Nazista Alemão, liderado por Adolf Hitler, num genocídio selectivo de cerca de seis milhões de judeus, durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial – torna-se escritor, iniciando uma ampla produção literária de diversos livros de memórias/ensaios, contos, poemas e romances, sendo que “Se Isto É Um Homem” é a sua primeira obr
Maria João (A Biblioteca da João)
8 de 10*

Campos de concentração, judeus, nazis, alemães, trabalhos forçados, arame farpado. Estas palavras serão suficientes para qualquer pessoa fazer a associação com a barbaridade que a Europa viveu no século passado. Mas nunca serão suficientes os livros, filmes ou debates sobre o tema, para que este se mantenha bem vivo na mente de quem teve a sorte de não o viver e para que não se volte a repetir!

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Primo Michele Levi (Italian: [ˈpriːmo ˈlɛːvi]) was a chemist and writer, the author of books, novels, short stories, essays, and poems. His unique 1975 work, The Periodic Table, linked to qualities of the elements, was named by the Royal Institution of Great Britain as the best science book ever written.

Levi spent eleven months imprisoned at Monowitz, one of the three main camps in the Auschwitz c

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Auschwitz Trilogy (3 books)
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“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.” 151 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.”
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