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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Primo Levi Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781482976915
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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)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 Frank | 1/19/2014

    " Short, quirky, elegant stories. "

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bets | 1/6/2014

    " stunning prose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 12/28/2013

    " Was aware of Mr. Levi's memoirs & essays, but this unpublished collection was a pleasant surprise. Somewhat reminescent of Steven Millhausen's work.....whimsical, a bit askew, but not as dark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dusty | 12/27/2013

    " there are some good stories in here and some i don't really fully remember. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vasha7 | 12/26/2013

    " The most notable stories, in my opinion, were "The Molecule's Revenge", "The Death of Marinese", "In the Park", "The Magic Paint", and "A Tranquil Star". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Kelly | 12/11/2013

    " Stories that do not have holocaust theme, written later in his life. He was a great story teller with real humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrinka | 11/15/2013

    " Deceptively simple stories-- often amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham | 11/3/2013

    " Some of these short stories will stay with you forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 10/20/2013

    " It's hard for me not to really like Levi, but this is definitely the weakest work of his that I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/20/2013

    " I didn't actually read all the stories--though I thought they were good, I got tired of the sort of bite-sized format. Bear Meat, which I read in a magazine at some point, is wonderful. Even better was A Tranquil Star, a meditation on the failures of language--a neat way to end a story collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 9/13/2012

    " I listened to about half of this book, and then had to turn it back to the library. I should take it out again and listen to the rest. Some stories were more insightful than others, but overall I enjoyed what I heard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 7/23/2012

    " I'm a huge Primo Levi fan and I've read all his novels. I preferred the later stories to the earlier ones. I don't know why they call them unpublished since most of them have been published before but in Italian. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mk100 | 1/6/2012

    " It feel somewhat sacreligious not to praise Levi, but the truth is that this is not a very good collection of stories. Although there are some high points when he writes about the displacement of the War, on the whole, this does not stand beside his greatest work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sydney | 9/25/2011

    " An interesting collection. Enjoyable but not as good as Periodic Table. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alberta | 8/22/2011

    " The first book of Primo Levi I've read. Bear Meat is a great story. It depicts hiking and stamina perfectly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 6/12/2011

    " Whimsical stories, bordering on precious... many of them on the wrong side of that border in my opinion. 'The Sorcerers' was my favorite story of the set. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 4/24/2011

    " I'm a huge Primo Levi fan and I've read all his novels. I preferred the later stories to the earlier ones. I don't know why they call them unpublished since most of them have been published before but in Italian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gbeab | 11/9/2010

    " One Night appeals to every idealist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/26/2010

    " Stories that do not have holocaust theme, written later in his life. He was a great story teller with real humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mk100 | 1/4/2010

    " It feel somewhat sacreligious not to praise Levi, but the truth is that this is not a very good collection of stories. Although there are some high points when he writes about the displacement of the War, on the whole, this does not stand beside his greatest work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sydney | 6/7/2009

    " An interesting collection. Enjoyable but not as good as Periodic Table. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alberta | 1/28/2009

    " The first book of Primo Levi I've read. Bear Meat is a great story. It depicts hiking and stamina perfectly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham | 12/7/2008

    " Some of these short stories will stay with you forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 7/25/2008

    " I listened to about half of this book, and then had to turn it back to the library. I should take it out again and listen to the rest. Some stories were more insightful than others, but overall I enjoyed what I heard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dusty | 9/24/2007

    " there are some good stories in here and some i don't really fully remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 8/2/2007

    " 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. "

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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.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.