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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (190 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Primo Levi Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “These pieces…shed further light on Levi’s life and work.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The infinite and the ineffable, portrayed with singular wit and charm.”

    Kirkus (starred review)

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gbeab | 2/9/2014

    " One Night appeals to every idealist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frank | 1/19/2014

    " Short, quirky, elegant stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angela | 1/11/2014

    " a charming collection of short stories from a man usually known as a holocaust writer. this a quick read, and i enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve Shilstone | 1/10/2014

    " Some 3s, some 4s, some 5s (One Night the 5iest) among these 17 nice tales from Primo Levi. "

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About the Author
Author Primo Levi

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.