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A Tranquil Star

Unpublished Stories of Primo Levi

by Primo Levi Author · David Colacci Narrator


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A Tranquil Star, the first new American collection of Primo Levi's previously untranslated fiction to appear since 1990, affirms his position as one of the twentieth century's most enduring writers. These seventeen stories, first published in Italian between 1949 and 1986 and translated by Ann Goldstein and Alessandra Bastagli, demonstrate Levi's extraordinary range, taking the reader from the primal resistance of a captured partisan fighter to a middle-aged chemist experimenting with a new paint that wards off evil, to the lustful thoughts of an older man obsessed with a mysterious woman in a seaside villa. In the title story, Levi demonstrates his unerringly tragic understanding of the fragility of the universe through the tale of a pensive astronomer, terrified by the possibility that a long-dormant star might explode and reduce the entire planet to vapor. This remarkable new collection affirms Italo Calvino's conviction that Levi was one of the most important and gifted writers of our time.

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Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
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Ann Goldstein (Translator)

Ann Goldstein is the former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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Primo Levi (Author)

Primo Levi (1919-1987) was a Jewish Italian chemist, Holocaust survivor, and author of memoirs, short stories, poems, and novels. He gained international recognition for his 1959 memoir Survival in Auschwitz.

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