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The Wrench

Primo Levi

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Amid Levi's grim tales of the Holocaust, THE WRENCH is an optimistic life-enhancing novel.

'This is not a book for journalists. Civil servants, too, will feel uneasy while reading it, and as for lawyers, they will never sleep again. For it is about a man in his capacity as homo faber, a maker of things with his hands, and what has any of us ever made but words. I say it is ''about'' the man who makes; truly, it is more a hymn of praise than a description, and not only because the toiler who is the hero of the book is a hero indeed - a figure, in his humanity, simplicity, worthy of inclusion in the catalogue of mythical giants alongside Hercules, Atlas, Gargantua and Orion. He is Faussone, a rigger' - Bernard Levin, The Times

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