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Primo Levi at 100 (1919-2019) – Pankaj Mishra on “The Drowned and the Saved”

This lecture – organized by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Centro Primo Levi – launches “Primo Levi at 100”, a series of events on the occasion of 100 years from Primo Levi’s birth, that will take place at various venues in town, including the New York Public Library and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò.

Novelist and essayist Pankaj Mishra will draw upon two chapters of Levi’s last book and intellectual testament, “The Drowned and the Saved”, namely the “The Intellectual at Auschwitz” and “The Grey Zone”, to probe his complex views on the dialectic of oppression and its impact on both oppressed and oppressor. Expanding on topics that Levi tackled with growing concern in his latest years, Mishra will talk about Primo Levi and Israel, as well as the rise of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, starting from Levi’s insights.

On the occasion of the opening of the “Primo Levi at 100”, the Centro Primo Levi and the Italian Cultural Institute will present a special edition of the “Centaur Award” to Robert Weil and Ann Goldstein for their dedication and vision in bringing to light the English edition of “Primo Levi’s Complete Works”. The award ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm before Mr. Mishra’s lecture.

Pankaj Mishra began writing as an essayist in the early 1990s after moving to a Himalayan village in northern India, where he read prolifically and contributed essays to a number of Indian magazines. By the end of the decade, he was writing regularly for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and other publications, often providing an unsparing look at the legacy of colonial rule in Asia by unpacking the myriad ways in which Western interests continued to penetrate former possessions. His widely acclaimed 2017 book, “Age of Anger: a History of the Present”, which explores the foundations of violent nationalism and other ideologies, was long-listed for the 2018 Orwell Prize.

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  • Organized by: ICI
  • In collaboration with: Primo Levi Center