Primo Levi. A digital commentary platform

This platform has been created by a group of scholars working on Primo Levi and the Holocaust, in a range of disciplines and educational settings.

It is aimed at students and researchers who are fascinated by Levi’s remarkable work. We aim to gather fresh, experimental, and informed perspectives through a growing, collaborative commentary project.

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‘The Canto of Ulysses’

'Il canto di Ulisse'

‘If one day there is a new Holocaust, and we can save only one chapter of one book from the twentieth century, it should be this one: Chapter 11 of If This is a Man, ‘The Canto of Ulysses”’ (Carole Angier, The Double Bond, 2002)

Our pilot project focuses on building a commentary on a single chapter, ‘Il canto di Ulisse’ or ‘The Canto of Ulysses’, arguably the best known chapter from Levi’s first book, Se questo è un uomo / If This is a Man, originally published in 1947.

To start exploring the results, go to The Commentary page, or follow the links at the top of this page for resources on editions, sources, translations, further reading and information on how to contribute.