Moments of Reprieve

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Moments of Reprieve
First edition
AuthorPrimo Levi
Original titleLilit e altri racconti
TranslatorRuth Feldman
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (Hardcover) and (Paperback)

Moments of Reprieve is a book of autobiographical character studies/vignettes by Primo Levi.

The book features fifteen character studies of people the author met during his time in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Some of the vignettes feature characters who have already appeared in If This is a Man and The Truce, Levi's initial two Holocaust memoirs. Other vignettes feature characters and stories that did not fit into the narratives of the two memoirs, but which Levi felt had merit in their own right.

They are the moments that helped him overcome his circumstances, either physically (through actual salvation from death, or helping him avoid it, e.g. by obtaining extra food) or more spiritually, through human interaction restoring his faith in his fellow man.