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    • Philippe Mesnard, Yannis Thanassekos (a cura di), La zone grise entre accomodament et collaboration, Bruxelles: Editions Kimé, 2010
      The volume collects the procedings of the conference run on September 1, 2009 in Brussels by Fondation Auschwitz in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute.
      We publish the translation of A Concept That Make Us Think, the preface of the book, edited by Philippe Mesnard and Yannis Thanassekos, and the original French version, Une notion qui donne à penser.
       
    • Letter from Primo Levi to the set designer Gianni Polidori, August 16 1966, with directions concerning the theatrical version of If This is a Man and drawings of the clothes, footwear and objects used by the Auschwitz deportees (Archivio «La Stampa»).

    The notes, the drawings, and the letter to Polidori are kept at the Museo dell'attore [Actors’ Museum] in Genoa. They were put on exhibit at Turin’s Teatro Carignano for the evening “In Memory of Primo Levi" marking the 10th anniversary of his death. For comments on this, see these articles: Massimo Novelli, Primo Levi, appunti sull'Inferno [Primo Levi: Notes on the Inferno], La Repubblica, March 22 1997, p. 36 and Alberto Papuzzi, Levi, la precisione del dolore [Levi, the Precision of Pain] La Stampa, March 23 1997, p. 23.
     

    • A short exchange of letters between Primo Levi and a 13-year-old, “daughter of a Fascist,” published in the Specchio dei tempi column in 1959 following an exhibit on the deportation mounted at Palazzo Carignano in Turin. The young girl was struck by the harshness of the images on exhibit and asked if the things she saw exhibited really took place. In his answer Primo Levi reaffirmed the truth of what the exhibit proposed and asserted, “the shame and silence of the innocent can mask the guilty silences of those who are responsible.” The two letters were published in Alberto Cavaglion’s article 1959, Levi risponde alla figlia d'un fascista che chiede la verità [1959, Levi answers the daughter of a Fascist who asks him for the truth] published in La Stampa, January 20 2005, p. 29.

     

    • La trasparenza della parola (The Transparence of Words), a cantata for Primo Levi at nine stations. Texts by Emilio Jona, freely adapted from Primo Levi. Music, video and electronic effects by Andrea Liberovici. The work was put on in its world premiere at the Piccolo Regio Giacomo Puccini in Turin on September 16, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Primo Levi’s birth. It is a homage to the writer articulated into nine canvasses.
      Emilio Jona built nine poetic components out of nine key words drawn from the writings of Levi and projected onto a screen at the front of the stage. These are accompanied by the back-projection of a shadow play done by Andrea Liberovici in collaboration with the shadow-theater group Controluce Teatro d'Ombre di Torino.
      The project was executed by Andrea Liberovici based on an idea of his father, the composer Sergio Liberovici and of Emilio Jona. It puts a new method of composition on stage that includes music and images. The music is performed by Canada’s Nouvel Ensemble Moderne directed by Lorraine Vaillancourt with the audio participation of the children’s choir Coro di voci bianche del Carlo Felice, directed by Gino Tanasini. 

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    Review by Enrico Fubini, «Ha Keillah», XXXIV, 5, december 2009, p. 12

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