Suffering II. Muteness and Testimony

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Levi’s attention toward the material suffering of animals drives this chapter to investigate how Levi deals with other manifestations of suffering. Specifically, the focus is on the suffering of those creatures Levi saw in Auschwitz and called with the hyphenated term “animale-uomo” [human-animal]. A reading of several occurrences of this term and its equivalents reveals Levi’s care for those defenceless creatures who are unable to express such intense suffering. The chapter ends with two examples of Levi’s care for mute creatures: his comment on the suffering of the donkey in Belli’s poem entitled Se more [One Dies], and the episode of Hurbinek in La tregua [The truce].


Testimonia Auschwitz Hyphenated Term Creatures Useless Violence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of French and ItalianDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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