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Fourth Primo Levi Lecture, "Why should we believe Primo Levi?" - Thursday, November 8th

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    This year's speaker is Mario Barenghi. The event takes place in the Great Hall of the School of Natural Sciences, Physics, and Mathematics of the University of Turin.

    Every fall, the Primo Levi Lecture proposes a discussion on particular topics of Levi’s works, as they become relevant within the most recent topics of the cultural debate.

    This year's speaker is Mario Barenghi, Professor of Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of  Milano-Bicocca.

     

    “It seems to me unnecessary to add that none of the facts are invented.” This is the way that Primo Levi concluded his preface to If This is a Man. It really was unnecessary to make this distinction in that readers all over the world believe the “bad news” of Auschwitz. However, how does the pact that every reader makes with Levi’s narrative voice originate and how does it work? What captivates us in that story and why does it do so? In what way does the authoritativeness of Levi as witness and writer take shape? These are the questions that Mario Barenghi, Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Milan-Bicocca, will offer some responses to.

     

    The Lecture is addressed to the general public, but pays particular attention to the younger generations, with the goal of continuing the intense dialogue that Levi used in schools to engage others for such a long period of his life. This year, three classes of the Istituto Amaldi –  a scientific high school in Orbassano, Turin – will attend in the Lecture, and meet the lecturer the following day, in order to discuss the topics covered in the Lecture.
    The Lecture will then be published and printed in Italian and English by Einaudi.

    Aula Magna Primo Levi
    Facoltà di Scienze M.F.N. dell'Università di Torino
    Corso Massimo D'Azeglio 48 – Torino
    Novermber 8th, 2012 – 17.30 pm
     

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