A dialogue between Ann Goldstein and Marco Belpoliti, editors of Levi in 2015-2016
Best known as an Italian Jewish survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp who wrote lucid testimony about wartime, Primo Levi (1919–1987) also published essays, poetry, commentary, and fiction. His unforgettable work will be presented by editor Ann Goldstein and professor Marco Belpoliti.
Marco Belpoliti, essayist and writer, teaches at the University of Bergamo, contributes to many newspapers and magazines, and co-edits the series “Riga” (Marcos y Marcos) and the online cultural magazine “Doppiozero." A leading scholar of Primo Levi's works, he curated the Italian edition of the complete works of Levi in 1997 for the publisher Einaudi, which is now releasing an expanded edition with unpublished materials. His book Primo Levi Di Fronte e Di Profilo (Primo Levi Front-View and Side-View; Guanda, 2015) is the summation of his two decades of research on the writer.
Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker and a recipient of a PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her 2015 edition of The Complete Works of Primo Levi (Liveright/Norton, 2015) was selected as a Washington Post Notable Book; she edited the three volumes and contributed her own translations as well. She is the translator of all of Elena Ferrante’s novels and of many other notable works; and she was among the seven distinguished translators of the Zibaldone by Giacomo Leopardi.
Co-sponsor: Italian Cultural Institute in New York.