Suffering I. Shared Vulnerability

Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)


“Suffering” deals with the issue of animal suffering and compassion, and explores the ambiguity of Levi’s reported attitude toward the suffering of non-human animals, underlining how Levi structures his fiction according to a double impossibility of identifying with these mute creatures that, paradoxically, triggers the ethical recognition of a shared vulnerability. This chapter begins such investigation by reconstructing for the first time the debate on animal vivisection that surrounded Levi’s article “Against Pain,” published in the Italian newspaper La Stampa in 1978.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of French and ItalianDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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