I Felt Reborn (Primo Levi): From the Nobel Dynamite Factory to a Remembrance Place

Keywords: Primo Levi, Holocaust, dynamite, literature


In the extraordinary human story of Primo Levi, the daily events of the private and professional life intersected the immense tragedy he went through during the Shoah and the torment of the lager. In this article I will outline his work activity after World War II in a Nobel dynamite factory near Turin, that eventually became a remembrance place. As Primo Levi himself expressed later, this factory made him feel “reborn”.

Author Biography

Luigi Dei, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

Luigi Dei is Full Professor of Physical Chemistry and Rector at the University of Florence. He received his PhD in 1987 from the University of Florence and worked at the Collège de France under the supervision of P. G. De Gennes in 1994. He is author of more than 150 scientific publications in Peer Reviewed International highly qualified Journals, Reviews, Congress Proceedings, Books and Patents. His scientific research mainly deals with the physical chemistry of dispersed systems, solid-gas interfaces, supramolecular systems and nanomaterials. In particular, in the last ten years his attention has been focused on the synthesis, physico-chemical characterization and technological application of nanoparticles from hydroxides and oxides for the restoration and conservation of cultural heritage masterpieces.


How to Cite
Dei, L. (2017). I Felt Reborn (Primo Levi): From the Nobel Dynamite Factory to a Remembrance Place. Substantia, 1(1), 55-59. https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-8
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