Freedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon
Prepare to be battered and beguiled by this elaborate full reading of Primo Levi's masterpiece memoir of Auschwitz. Performed recently at London's Southbank Centre, the five-hour live event, which commemorated the 70th anniversary of the publication of the iconic book, will be broadcast over five episodes via this, the Times Literary Supplement's podcast (note, too, that this is a formal departure for the podcast, which usually features lively discussions of art and culture among TLS contributors). The reading is divvied up between dozens of luminaries, including, in this episode, human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, author A. L. Kennedy and Holocaust survivor Susan Pollack, and live music accompanies the text. The three chapters we hear in this instalment take us from Levi's Italian village to his arrival at Auschwitz, an incomprehensible new universe of indiscriminate humiliation. At times difficult but always gripping listening, this elevates recital to the level of art.
From: Times Literary Supplement
Released: 4 May 2017