"Voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone ..." William Wordsworth

31 July 2021

Happy Birthday, Levi

Primo Levi was born on this day in 1919.

Even in this place one can survive, and therefore one must want to survive, to tell the story, to bear witness; and that to survive we must force ourselves to save at least the skeleton, the scaffolding, the form of civilization. We are slaves, deprived of every right, exposed to every insult, condemned to certain death, but we still possess one power, and we must defend it with all our strength for it is the last — the power to refuse our consent.

Primo Levi, from Survival in Auschwitz

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