If This is a Man
by Primo Levi
In BriefPrimo Levi's classic account of his time as a prisoner of Auschwitz depicts the horrors of life in the concentration camps with an unflinching honesty and unerring eye. His arrest as a partisan, induction into Auschwitz, work in the chemical kommando and arbitrary survival are recounted alongside crucial friendships and extraordinary examples of human kindness.
Why you should read itWriting with dignity and compassion, yet never judgemental, Levi seeks systematically to convey the insanity of the moral vacuum in which he found himself. In doing so, he addresses the essence of morality and the nature of good and evil. More than an account of the Holocaust, the book is a study of humanity and is vital reading.