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Levi, Primo

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Born: 1919 AD
Died: 1987 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Authors, Chemists

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1919 – He was born on the 31st day of July this year in Turin, Italy.

 

1934- He enrolled in the Massimo d'Azeglio liceo classico, a secondary school specializing in the classics.

 

1937 – He graduated from the school and enrolled in the University of Turin where he studied chemistry.

 

1941 – He had difficulty finding a supervisor for his thesis, but graduated this year with full marks and merit, having submitted a thesis in physics.

 

1944 – He was able to secure a position as an assistant in the Buna laboratory that was intended to produce synthetic rubber, and therefore avoided hard labor in freezing temperatures outdoors.

 

1963 - The Truce came out this year, almost 16 years after his first book was published, and the same year it won the first annual Premio Campiello literary award.

 

1977 – He retired from his position as manager of SIVA to devote himself full-time to writing.

 

1978 - His best-known short stories are found in The Monkey's Wrench, a collection of stories about work and workers told by a narrator resembling Levi himself.

 

1979 - His happiest book is The Wrench, a celebration of the Piedmontese rigger Faussone, who travels the world as an expert in erecting cranes and bridges. However, it brought him a wider audience in Italy and The Wrench won the Strega Prize.

 

1982 - His only novel, If Not Now, When? (in Italian, Se non ora, quando) was published. It traces the fortunes of a group of Jewish partisans behind German lines during WWII as they seek to continue their fight against the occupier and survive.

 

1985 - He flew to America for a speaking tour of twenty days.

 

1987 – He died on April 11th of this year in Turin, Italy, when he fell from the interior landing of his third-story apartment in Turin to the ground floor below, leading to speculation that he had killed himself.

 

2006 - He also wrote two other highly praised memoirs, Moments of Reprieve and The Periodic Table at London's Royal Institution on the 19th day of October this year. It was voted “the best science book ever written”.


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