Primo Levi

1919 - 1987

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Primo Michele Levi (Italian: [ˈpriːmo ˈlɛːvi]; 31 July 1919 – 11 April 1987) was an Italian chemist, partisan, writer, and Jewish Holocaust survivor. He was the author of several books, collections of short stories, essays, poems and one novel. His best-known works include If This Is a Man (1947, published as Survival in Auschwitz in the United States), his account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland; and The Periodic Table (1975), linked to qualities of the elements, which the Royal Institution named the best science book ever written.Levi died in 1987 from injuries sustained in a fall from a third-story apartment landing. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Primo Levi has received more than 1,588,072 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Primo Levi is the 280th most popular writer (down from 251st in 2019), the 349th most popular biography from Italy (down from 296th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular Italian Writer.

Primo Levi is most famous for his memoir about his time in Auschwitz, "Survival in Auschwitz."

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Among writers, Primo Levi ranks 280 out of 5,794Before him are William Wordsworth, Adam Mickiewicz, Paul Valéry, Jordanes, Karl May, and Alice Munro. After him are Anna Wintour, Michael Ende, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Chrétien de Troyes, Al-Masudi, and Marguerite Duras.

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Among people born in 1919, Primo Levi ranks 7Before him are Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Eva Perón, J. D. Salinger, Edmund Hillary, Mikhail Kalashnikov, and Doris Lessing. After him are Desmond Doss, Nat King Cole, Zhao Ziyang, Giulio Andreotti, Margot Fonteyn, and Georgios Papadopoulos. Among people deceased in 1987, Primo Levi ranks 7Before him are Andy Warhol, Rudolf Hess, Louis de Broglie, Carl Rogers, Dalida, and Lawrence Kohlberg. After him are Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Marguerite Yourcenar, Andrey Kolmogorov, Pola Negri, and Gunnar Myrdal.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Primo Levi ranks 349 out of 4,088Before him are Guido Reni (1575), Pope Anacletus (1), Pope Innocent IV (1195), Pope Boniface I (370), Pope Benedict II (635), and Petronius Maximus (396). After him are Claudio Abbado (1933), Pope John XV (1000), Matteo Ricci (1552), Pope Lucius III (1110), Cato the Younger (-95), and Pope Sergius III (860).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Primo Levi ranks 23Before him are Christine de Pizan (1365), Sallust (-86), Dario Fo (1926), Torquato Tasso (1544), Carlo Goldoni (1707), and Marcus Terentius Varro (-116). After him are Alberto Moravia (1907), Elena Ferrante (1943), Luigi Pirandello (1867), Cassiodorus (487), Lorenzo Valla (1407), and Pietro Aretino (1492).