The Drowned and the Saved

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The Drowned and The Saved
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First edition
Author Primo Levi
Original title I sommersi e i salvati
Translator Raymond Rosenthal
Country Italy
Language Italian
Publisher Einaudi (Italian)
Summit Books (English)
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print (Hardcover) and (Paperback)
Pages 170
ISBN 0-349-10047-0
OCLC 59150087

The Drowned and the Saved (Italian: I sommersi e i salvati) is a book of essays on life in the Nazi Vernichtungslager (extermination camps) by Italian-Jewish author and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi, drawing on his personal experience as an inmate of Auschwitz. Author's last work, written in 1986, a year before his suicide, whereas If This Is a Man (1947) was autobiographical The Drowned and the Saved is an attempt at an analytical approach. The problem of the fallibility of memory, the techniques used by the Nazis to break the will of prisoners, the use of language in the camps and the nature of violence are all studied.