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Biographer to speak on Primo Levi, Nov. 19

British freelance writer and journalist Ian Thomson will present a talk, "A Masterpiece Completed: The Writing of 'If This Is a Man'" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in 16 Joseph Henry House.

Thomson is the author of "Primo Levi" (2002), a biography of the brilliant Jewish-Italian author who was trained as a chemist, and whose experiences in Auschwitz and later travels through Eastern Europe were the subjects of his powerful memoirs, fiction and poetry. Levi's account of Auschwitz, "If This Is a Man," made him one of the foremost writers of the 20th century. Thomson was one of the last to interview Levi before his death in 1987.

The event is sponsored by the Program in Italian Studies and is a Council of the Humanities ' Eberhard Faber, Class of 1915, Memorial Lecture.

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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