In 1944 Primo Levi, twenty-five years old at the time, was the Häftling (detainee) number 174517 in the Auschwitz concentration camp. He managed to overcome that awful trial, survive, and moreover keep his human dignity intact, helped by the fact that since he had a chemistry degree the Nazis had placed him in a Kommando (that is to say, a work group) for work in a laboratory producing synthetic rubber inside the camp. Within two years of his liberation, Primo Levi published his masterpiece, Se [...]
The person of Ulysses towers over the other damned souls of Malebolge, the dreadful ditches of the eighth circle of Hell where fraudsters are punished. Some commentators have observed that the Greek hero would, if he were not guilty of the deceit of the Trojan horse, belong to the world which suited him better of the lofty noble spirits of Limbo.