ATranquil Star, the first new American collection of Primo Levi previously untranslated fiction toappear since 1990, affirms hisposition as one of thetwentieth century's most enduringwriters. These seventeen stories, firstpublished in Italianbetween 1949 and 1986, demonstrate Levi's extraordinary range, takingthe reader from the primalresistance of acapturedpartisan fighter to a middle-agedchemist experimenting with a new paintthatwards off evil, to the lustful thoughts of anolderman obsessed with a mysterious woman in aseaside villa. In the title story, Levidemonstrates hisunerringly tragic understandingof the fragility of the universe through thetaleof a pensive astronomer, terrified by thepossibility that a long-dormant star mightexplode and reduce the entireplanet to vapor. Thisremarkable new collection affirms ItaloCalvino's conviction that Levi was"one ofthe most important andgifted writers of ourtime."
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 1st April 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.52 x 13.97 x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.14