Literary Encounters and Storytelling Techniques

Elizabeth Scheiber

in Answering Auschwitz

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233588
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241811 | DOI:
Literary Encounters and Storytelling Techniques

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At first glance, Primo Levi's Lilìt appears to be a loosely connected collection of stories divided into three unequal parts. The first section contains autobiographical material from Auschwitz and descriptions of other Shoah victims that Levi discovered in literature. The next two sections are a hodgepodge of fictional stories that range from fantasy tales and science fiction to musings on literature and stories about apparently everyday people. Lilìt is a more unified collection than it appears to be, and, as is argued in this chapter, this work deserves to be examined as a cohesive work. The three section titles frame their content, orienting an encounter of some kind toward a crisis or catastrophe. Taken as a whole, the collection makes an interconnected statement on the nature of writing and communication.

Keywords: Primo Levi; Lilìt; Auschwitz; Shoah victims; writing; communication

Chapter.  6051 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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