Creation I. A New Writing

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


“Creation” emphasizes how Levi uses literary animals to reverse that regime of “counter-creation” he identifies with Auschwitz. Initially the focus lies on an article, “Novels dictated by crickets,” in which Levi makes an original connection between animals and what he calls “uno scrivere nuovo” [a new writing]. Wondering about the nature of this “new writing” brings us to examine how Levi’s literature seems to replicate a pattern of creation–de-creation–re-creation that belongs to two biblical texts very dear to him, the Book of Genesis and the Book of Job. The former is recalled by Levi’s short story entitled “Il sesto giorno” [The sixth day]. The exploration of this story suggests Levi’s concern for the almost impossible task of properly inventing new animals.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of French and ItalianDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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