Primo Levi: The Elements of a Life (2019)

  Preface to the 1919-2019 centenary edition     On 11 April 1987, a day of bright spring sunshine, Primo Levi fell to his death in the block of flats where he lived in Turin in northern Italy. The authorities pronounced a verdict of suicide. Levi, at only 67, had pitched himself three flights down the stairwell: life had become …

Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Journey Without End

A wide-ranging exploration of Dante Alighieri’s literary masterwork and its influence on writers, poets and film-makers up to our own time. Reviews: ‘Divinely produced … Packed with beautifully reproduced images … Erudite and urgent, Ian Thomson makes an excellent Virgilian guide and his Dante’s Divine Comedy is another book that everyone ought to read’, Frances Wilson Spectator. ‘A guide, not only to the …