Authors of the 11th Prague Writers' Festival
Dedicated to Primo Levi: “If Not Now, When?”

Primo Levi
Primo Levi Primo Levi was born in Turin, Italy, in 1919 and trained as a chemist. Arrested as a member of the anti-fascist resistance, he was deported in 1944 to Auschwitz where he spent ten months before the arrival of the Red army. Levi’s experience in the death camp and his subsequent travels through Eastern Europe are the subject of two classic memoirs, If This is a Man and The Truce  .

Following his retirement as manager of a Turin chemical factory in 1977, he devoted himself to writing. He published short stories, philosophical essays and poetry, which include The Periodic Table, Moments of Reprieve, The Wrench  and At an Uncertain Hour.

In his last book The Drowned and the Saved  he returned to his main theme: the manipulation of our moral values. Primo Levi died at his home in Turin in April 1987, an apparent suicide.

Primo Levi Corin Curschellas Christian Rösli Gore Vidal Gary Younge
Jan Kavan Jan Kasl Michael March Robert Menasse Peter Stephan Jungk
Salman Rushdie Savyon Liebrecht Natan Zach Etgar Keret Vassilis Vassilikos
Adolf Muschg Erica Pedretti Zoë Jenny Daniel de Roulet Patrick McCabe
Dermot Healy Timothy O´Grady Vladimír Páral Arnošt Lustig Václav Boštík