|Plot Summary of The Drowned and the Saved|
In his final book, published in 1986 a year before his suicide, the Italian chemist Primo Levi sums up issues and lessons of the Holocaust, based on his own experiences and extensive readings of the literature. His themes involve memory, how people lie to themselves and others, what enables some to survive and others not. He studies the psychology of victims and oppressors, particularly how they resemble and collaborate with one another as well as how they differ. He tackles the classic questions "why didn't you escape/rebel/leave beforehand?" The final chapter relates the letters he received from Germans after the publication of his personal Holocaust memoir, _Survival at Auschwitz_.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of The Drowned and the Saved|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kind Of History
Time of history:
History of disaster/tragedy?
Kind of disaster:
Subjects of this Historical Account
Religion? (if plays a major part)
Ethnicity (if plays a major part)
If applicable, liberal/conservative?
- Historian is moderately liberal
How much gore?
- 7 ()
How fast-paced is the book?
- 2 ()
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Book makes you feel...
How much focus on stories of individuals?
- Focuses on brief history of a lot of players
How much romance?
- 1 ()
Minor characters feature lots of:
- physically sick people
Length of book
- 150-200 pages
How much emphasis on small details?
- 4 ()
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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