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  • "Thomson writes with snap-brio and a sense of relevance"

    Clive James, Times Literary Supplement
  • "A model of its kind: beautiful in its arrangement and narration, measured and honest without every being remotely dull. Thank goodness for Ian Thomson...over and over again it is Thomson who proves himself, through his precision, modesty and intelligence, the true and perfect biographer of Primo Levi"

    Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
  • "A formidable work of literary biography... An absolutely brilliant account of wartime Italy... Very, very powerful"

    Richard Holmes, BBC Radio Four
  • "Clearly written with love, and unlikely to be surpassed"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Pacy, straight-down-the-line-coolly authoritative"

    Blake Morrison, Guardian

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