By Risa Sodi
This unique and well timed quantity info the impact of Dante's Inferno on Primo Levi's vintage Holocaust narrative, Se questo è uomo, and his final e-book of essays, I sommersi e i salvatie. Such key ideas as reminiscence, justice, and the world of the impartial sinners - «la zona grigia» for Levi - are given specific emphasis. 3 questions shape the spine of the ebook: Can reminiscence be conquer? the place is justice for the Holocaust survivor? and, Is there a center floor among sufferer and oppressors, and the way does Levi outline it? plentiful use of interviews with the writer demonstrate how Levi relates those 3 inquiries to such modern figures as Sigmund Freud, Franz Stangl, Rudolf Höss, Jean Améry, Liliana Cavani, and Kurt Waldheim.
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If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe"), it is repeated in similar form in Leviticus 24:20. " 42 Dante's use of the lex talionis, or talio in Italian, follows similar reasoning insofar as the contrapasso is meant to be no more and no less than a just penalty for earthly sin or, at least, a "starting point for justice. " 43 Moreover, while the biblical lex talionis was a literal retribution, the infernal contrapasso is neither literal nor exact but rather symbolic or metaphysical.
Just at that moment, SS Commander Muhsfeld happened by. The doctor explained the case to him. 38 The Grey Zone and the Neutral Sinners Muhsfeld listened and then decided: the girl must be killed. Loathe to carry out the order with his own hands, he called in an underling who shot the girl with a bullet to the nape of the neck. In 1947, Muhsfeld was tried for this crime among others, convicted and hanged. " 23 Non e difficile giudicare Muhsfeld, e non credo che il tribunate che lo ha condannato abbia avuto dubbi; per contro, ii nostro bisogno e Ia nostra capacita di giudicare si inceppano davanti alia Squadra Speciale.
Erty in which vice pertains to one extreme and virtue to the other. 56 Justice, in other words, is the mean activity between acting unjustly and suffering unjustly. acted unjustly, causing others to suffer unjustly. Dante's sinners Now, through their divinely-inspired contrapasso in the Inferno, justice is done. Levi, on the other hand (and the other innocent victims like him), did not act unjustly but suffered unjustly; his persecutors acted unjustly yet, to a great extent, did not (and do not) suffer at all.
A Dante Of Our Time: Primo Levi and Auschwitz by Risa Sodi