Tenth Lecture

The tenth Primo Levi Lecture was given by Fabio Levi on October 24, 2018, at Cavallerizza Reale in the Great Hall of the University of Turin to a large audience including some classes of the school Istituto per geometri Guarino Guarini in Turin.

Dialoghi/Dialogues has been published by Einaudi in spring 2019.

I am a person who needs to communicate constantly, who suffers if he cannot communicate. I need to speak and to write, to have a two-way communication, in possible.

This sentence, so simple and direct, reveals a multitude of compelling needs; to express himself and to listen, finding interlocutors everywhere, of every age, social condition, and level of culture. Primo Levi spoke – about Auschwitz and much more – to Italian students who were born after WWII, to Germans from the post-nazi era, and also to the person he had become forty years after the Lager, in dialogues he constructed with patience, straightforwardness, and intelligence. As it illustrates the various waves and inflections, this Lezione addresses Levi’s ever-renewing pool of interlocutors: the readers of today and tomorrow.


Dialoghi: un titolo al plurale. Perché i ragazzi delle scuole, e gli altri, con cui Primo Levi ha ragionato di persona per quarant'anni sono stati innumerevoli; perché i suoi scritti hanno reso possibile uno scambio non meno intenso con un pubblico amplissimo; e poi perché il dialogo interiore fra le diverse anime che abitavano la sua mente non ha mai cessato di produrre nuove idee.