Primo Levi at 100: "If This Is a Man"

To commemorate the centennial of the author’s birth, writers, performers and scholars gather for a multilingual, full-length reading of his seminal memoir. 

In 1947, just three years after he was liberated from Auschwitz, Primo Levi published "If This Is a Man," an unsparing account of his 11 months of internment in the death camp.

From the afternoon into the evening, 100 years after Levi was born in Turin, Italy, readers will gather at The New York Public Library for a full-length recitation of "If This Is a Man" (also known as "Survival in Auschwitz"), sharing chapters aloud in some of the many languages into which his indelible work has been translated around the world. 

We anticipate the reading to last approximately eight hours. Please feel free to register for one, two, or all three sections of the event (12pm section, 3:45 section and 5pm section).

List of readers: 
SoHyun Bae Korean                                    Sam Norich English
Debora Balardini Portuguese               Stanislao Pugliese English               
Clémence Boulouque French                Azra Raza English
Fatma Bucak Turkish                                  Jack Sal English
Paloma Celis Carbajal Spanish              Salvatore Scibona English 
Roger Cohen English                                   Parul Sehgal English  
Molly Crabapple English                           Mark Shapiro English
Mohamed Ali Diriye Arabic                     Heli Sirviö Finnish        
Michael Frank English                                Loukas Skipitaris Greek    
Jonathan Galassi English                          Yuriy Tarnawsky Ukrainian 
Frank Hentschker German                      Magda Teter Polish 
Vít Hořejš Czech                                            Jordi Torrent Catalan 
Sherrilyn Ifill English                                    John Turturro English 
Revital Iyov Hebrew                                    Kirmen Uribe Basque            
Momoyo Kitaura Japanese                      Amir Vahab Farsi       
Nicole Krauss English                                 Liselot Van Heijden Dutch 
Berel Lang English                                         Lara Vapnyar Russian 
Stella Levi Italian                                            Aleksandra Wagner Serbian
Elena Lozonschi Romanian                      Jeanne Marie Wasilik English               
Chelsey Masterson English                     Bob Weil English        
Elidor Mëhilli Albanian                               
Erin Mizrahi English                                     
Avram Mlotek English                                 
                                                                                                                                                                              Presented with Centro Primo Levi New York and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.

The annual Joy Gottesman Ungerleider Lecture has been made possible by a generous grant from the Dorot Foundation.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 (All day)


The New York Public Library, Wachenheim Trustees Room (2nd Floor)
42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018


(917) 275-6975



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