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If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When?

Primo Levi - Author

Will Weaver - Translator

Irving Howe - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140188936 | 352 pages | 01 Jul 1995 | Penguin Classics | 5.11 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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"In Levi's writing, nothing is superfluous and everything is essential." —Saul Bellow

In the final days of World War II, a courageous band of Jewish partisans makes its way from Russia to Italy, moving toward the ultimate goal of Palestine. Based on a true story, If Not Now, When? chronicles their adventures as they wage a personal war of revenge against the Nazis: blowing up trains, rescuing the last victims of concentration camps, scoring victories in the face of unspeakable devastation. Primo Levi captures the landscape and the people of Eastern Europe in vivid detail, depicting as well the terrible bleakness of war-ridden Europe. But finally, what he gives us is a tribute to the strength and ingenuity of the human spirit.

"One of the most important and gifted writers of our time" —Italo Calvino