Se non ora, quando?

Gli ebrei che combatterono contro il nazifascismo in tutta Europa furono centinaia di migliaia In questo romanzo Primo Levi racconta le avventure drammatiche e vere di quei partigiani ebrei polacchi e russi che resero colpo su colpo a chi tent di sterminarli Dalle foreste della Russia Bianca attraverso incontri, separazioni, battaglie, stretti da vincoli fraterni e da pGli ebrei che combatterono contro il nazifascismo in tutta Europa furono centinaia di migliaia In questo romanzo Primo Levi racconta le avventure drammatiche e vere di quei partigiani ebrei polacchi e russi che resero colpo su colpo a chi tent di sterminarli Dalle foreste della Russia Bianca attraverso incontri, separazioni, battaglie, stretti da vincoli fraterni e da passioni contrastate, i protagonisti di questa interminabile epopea percorrono la Polonia e la Germania, e raggiungono tra molte peripezie le vie della vecchia Milano Venato di comicit sottile e mai incline a compiaciute descrizioni, Se non ora, quando , il primo, vero romanzo dell autore di Se questo un uomo, si imposto al grande pubblico, vincendo, quando usc nel 1982, il Premio Campiello e il Premio Viareggio.
Se non ora quando Gli ebrei che combatterono contro il nazifascismo in tutta Europa furono centinaia di migliaia In questo romanzo Primo Levi racconta le avventure drammatiche e vere di quei partigiani ebrei polacchi e

  • Title: Se non ora, quando?
  • Author: Primo Levi
  • ISBN: 9788806129576
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Born into a Jewish family, Primo Levi could not have foreseen the future that lay ahead of him.With the rise of fascism, the chemist/writer would get caught up in what seemed a civil war in the German zone where Italians fought Italians and fascists fought anti-fascists, Levi was arrested for resistance activity, and by train left Turin, passing the Mole Antonelliana, a major landmark building, little did he realize he would pass the same building entering Turin again in 1945. He was a lucky boy [...]

    2. Ed essi restituirannoAvevano poche armi, poche munizioni e niente da mangiare. Erano attoniti ed inerti, in preda alla passività plumbea che segue l'azione, e che lega lo spirito e le membra. La guerra sarebbe durata sempre; la morte, la caccia, la fuga non sarebbero finite mai, mai la neve avrebbe cessato di cadere, mai sarebbe venuto giorno.Il primo vero romanzo di Primo Levi, romanzo-epopea dell'ebraismo orientale, la storia di un gruppo di partigiani ebrei ashkenaziti (russi, polacchi, ucra [...]

    3. Un romanzo profondo, di grande spessore e che insegna così tante cose che in una recensione proprio non si riesce a farcele stare tutte. Cinque stelle sarebbero scontate per una figura come Primo Levi, per tutto quello che lui rappresenta al cospetto della Storia, per tutto quello che lui ha patito. Ma le cinque stelle ci stanno in pieno anche per l'opera letteraria in sé, prescindendo da tutto il resto. E' un libro denso e lieve al tempo stesso, sia nei personaggi che nelle descrizioni, sia n [...]

    4. This was an amazing piece of war-time adventure! Adventure during war-times you ask?? Yes, that is exactly how this is written, and what makes it on a more optimistic note. A piece of brilliant writing by Primo Levi, and probably one of the best optimistic war novels ever written. Superbly translated by William Weaver, (who has translated several books from Italian written by Umberto Eco, Primo Levi and Italo Calvino). Not that I have read the original in Italian, but the English translation its [...]

    5. The story of Jewish partisans in occupied Russia during the last years of WW2.A group of people including some who escaped from camps, others that escaped pogroms and some Jewish Russian soldiers. People of different age, different background and different purposes.Some just want to live and return to their houses, others want to fight and revenge their loved ones and others want to fight in order to immigrate to Palestine.They are hunted by the Germans with their collaborators (Ukrainian, Hunga [...]

    6. Negli ultimi due anni della seconda guerra mondiale un gruppo di ebrei russi combatte contro i tedeschi in temerarie azioni partigiane e, suo malgrado, pure contro i pregiudizi atavici che l’ebraismo spesso subisce. Le vicende storiche portano il gruppo su una rotta che va dalla Russia asiatica spossata dalla lunga guerra difensiva all’odiata Germania che alfine crolla: con epilogo in Italia, alla ricerca di un porto e di una nave che permetta di realizzare il sogno della Terra Promessa.Un b [...]

    7. "If not like this, how? And if not now, when?"This line is said by Gedale, one of the main characters of the novel towards the end of the book, but its meaning is wider.While reading many good and dramatic accounts from the Shoah there's a question that often comes to mind and mouth:"Why did all these Jewish people let themselves being humiliated, robbed, prisoned and killed by Nazis and anti-semites without trying to resist?"After all, most of the times, they had numbers on their side."Maybe - [...]

    8. Primo Levi is such an amazing writer. He has the ability to say so very much with so little in a way that is still intensely satisfying. While I didn't enjoy this book as much as Survival in Auschwitz, it was still an immensely satisfying read. However, if you have never read any Primo Levi, I would recommend starting with his nonfiction. Any of it.

    9. "If I'm not for myself, who will be for me?If not this way, how? And if not now, when?"This is an amazing book, detailing the experiences and journey of a group of Jewish Partisans fighting behind the German Lines on the Russian Front. The book, written by Primo Levi, a Jewish concentration camp survivor, despite being a fictional work, is based around historical fact and that there were small groups or bands of Jewish Partisans who did disrupt the Nazis behind their lines, who worked independen [...]

    10. This was in many ways a breath of fresh air in Holocaust literature; reflective of the horrors yet focusing more on WWII itself and all the other things that were happening to the Jews outside of the camps. It was nice learning about the partisans and the underground survivors, and how Italy drew all the Jews from everywhere in preparation for a new life. In a way, it was a period that I already knew a lot about from previous literature, but delivered in a different way, focusing on a different [...]

    11. What I learned from this book: the meaning of Israel."For the Russians, a longing for home was not an unreasonable hope, even probable: a yearning to go back, a call. For the Jews, the regret for their houses was not a hope but a despair, buried till then under more urgent and serious sorrows, but latent always. Their homes no longer existed: they had been swept away, burned by the war or by slaughter, bloodied by squads of hunters of men; tomb houses, of which it was best not to think, houses o [...]

    12. "Contro la disperazione ci sono solo due difese, lavorare e combattere, ma non sempre bastano. Ce n’è anche una terza, che è di raccontarci delle bugie uno con l’altro: ci caschiamo tutti." (p. 50)

    13. Mid 5. A matchless and heart-rending portrait of the fight to overcome unimaginary hardships by a group of the disposessed, forced to rely on the basest survival instincts on the edge of humanity by the horror and devastation caused by the Nazi onslaught of the Second World War. This band of Jewish, Polish, and Russian partisans are peopled by unforgettable characters, such as Mendel, the watchmaker, who has survived the decimation of the Red Army, and whose wife, neighbours, and community have [...]

    14. If Not Now, When offers a realistic fictional account of Jewish partisans operating in eastern Europe during World War Two. The author, Primo Levi, was a death camp survivor who actually met and interviewed the real people on whose lives the book is based.That said, Levi also wrote a compelling story which engages the reader's heart as well as mind. Think, Doctor Zhivago meets All Quiet on the Western Front quality, though that over simplifies Levi's accomplishment.As World War Two fades into th [...]

    15. No war book has managed to distill such beauty from it, and frame it with such great writing. It reads like Catch-22 without the pessimism and some semblance of coherency - the book grabs you by the hair and marches you through the quintessential adventure story, and shoots you in the belly every time you forget the horrors of war.

    16. Primo Levi’s Se non ora, quando? (If Not Now, When?) is the first work of his that I’ve read. It recounts the journey of a group of Jewish partisans from the Soviet Union and Poland, whose efforts to survive and fight back against the Nazis take them on an odyssey across Europe to Italy.Levi, though he was Jewish, a Holocaust survivor, and a partisan, was writing about an experience with which he was unfamiliar (that of East European Ashkenazi Jews) and lists his resources in the back of the [...]

    17. Hmm. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It recounts a fascinating story of the life of Russian and Polish Jewish partisans during the Second World War. These are men and women who found themselves behind the front lines in a sort of no man's land and did their part to fight the Nazi's by use of trickery and sabotage. Ultimately the crew in Levi's book was trekking towards Palistine. Really interesting premise, but I didn't find there to be much in the way of character development [...]

    18. I have read only one other book written by Primo Levi: If This is A Man. That was when I was about 15 or 16 and I thought it outstanding. Ever since I’ve meant to read his other works but for some reason or another didn’t round to it. Why have I wasted so much time? Never before have I read a book and felt the need to have post-it notes constantly at the ready. There are so many lines, phrases, brilliant insights. A superb read. Some tasters for you…About two female partisans: “Sissl was [...]

    19. Astonishingly powerful novel based on truth about a group of Hungarian, Russian, Polish Jews heading west from Russia behind enemy lines between 1943 and 1945. They experience terrible hardships, rivalries and uncertainties, but the group of partisans, men and women, maintain their pride and determination during their 18 month and 2000 km trek to Italy. The wider context of WW2 is there, but as background. This is the story of individuals; often flawed, but with so much hope. The title is taken [...]

    20. Extraordinary book. Given the countless books about WW2 I've read, this stood out for me, given it's different viewpoint on the events that lead up to the end of the war. Based on real events and real people interviewed by the author, a story about Russian, German, Polish and Ukranian Jewish partisans crossing Eastern Europe, their struggles, decisions and survival through adversity.

    21. Not the sort of book I would usually choose - I feel very ignorant about the background (Russian, Polish and Jewish partisans trying to survive in the 2nd World War) but it's very readable because the main character is so human and believable.

    22. Primo Levi rarely disappoints. This novel is no exception.A realistic tale of resistance against the Nazis. I read it long ago, but one or two scenes still remain etched in my memory.

    23. Primo has a way of writing about such an horrific period in history that he nearly makes it easy reading. The topic is just such a bummer that I can't give it more stars.

    24. Primo Levi is one of my 10 or so favorite authors of all time. Every single book of his I've read has been essential.

    25. This book tells another side of the Jewish experience during WWII, that of the partisans caught behind enemy lines. It wasn't entirely clear to me where this was set, as it moves around in Central Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Russia?). I was rather hoping that Book Drum would have had a profile, but alas it doesn't (yet). Unfortunately I got caught up in trying to find out where it was set, then forgot to write a review. However, several months later, I was going to take this book with me to release [...]

    26. I took my time with this book. Levi is a meticulous writer, and the translation is top notch. His prose is vivid and solemn, and perfectly captures the precariousness of the human spirit. Mendel, the de facto protagonist of the story, is a likeable paragon of morality. You can see Levi exploring his own naivety of his Jewishness inside Mendel's character, and when he falters, like with the Gedalists and their sometimes warped sense of morality, Mendel powers through with a deep sense of introspe [...]

    27. I was looking forward to this book because I am an avid consumer of Holocaust information. (why evil?) The writer in the introduction pointed out that there are good books written by holocaust survivors that are good to read simply because of the subject and survivor. However, survivors aren't necessarily writers, and the fact that THIS book is written by a "Writer" with a capital W, sets it apart from other books in that genre. I agree with this! To the point that I want to consume everything L [...]

    28. Un avventuroso viaggio dall'Unione Sovietica fino al nord Italia nel tentativo di ostacolare l'avanzata dei tedeschi e supportare la controffensiva degli Alleati: si potrebbe riassumere così la trama del romanzo storico di Primo Levi Se non ora, quando?, vincitore di numerosi riconoscimenti tra cui il Premio Campiello ed il Premio Viareggio. Protagonista è Mendel, un orologiaio ebreo che ha perso la moglie nel rastrellamento del suo villaggio e decide, non ancora trentenne, di unirsi ai partig [...]

    29. La guerra separa ma allo stesso tempo unisce, unisce i disperati. E' questa è proprio la storia di un gruppo variegato di partigiani che cercano in tutti i modi di passare il fronte russo e arrivare in Italia, unico trampolino verso la terra promessa. Ecco che allora ognuno porta dietro di se un passato scomodo, chi è scappato dall'Armata Russa e dichiarato disertore, chi è nato in terra sovietica ed è cresciuto su a forza di Stalin e bolscevimo, chi è nato ebreo e chi è semplicemente un p [...]

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