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«Writing is a Transmission». The Word and the Abyss in Primo Levi

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Keywords: Primo Levi; Witness; Writing; Poetry; Paul Celan.

The report proposes a reflection on writing in Levi, now understood as a «clear» practice of thought now, instead, as an expression of the irrational half of oneself, continually threatened by the abyss and by silence. Through a sampling of excerpts from poems, essays, interviews, novels, the complex relationship of the writer with the function of the word, liberating act, witnessing duty but also as a «dark» experience is shed light. Among the texts examined, those related to Paul Celan and his «dark talk» allowed us to appreciate the ambiguous depth of the writing in Primo Levi.

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