By Primo Levi

Primo Levi used to be some of the most stunning voices to emerge from the 20th century. This landmark number of his brief tales opens up an international of ask yourself, love, cruelty and curious twists of destiny, the place not anything is because it turns out. In 'The Fugitive' an place of work employee composes the main attractive poem ever with unexpected effects, whereas 'Magic Paint' sees a gaggle of researchers boost a paint that mysteriously protects them from misfortune. 'Gladiators' and 'The Knall' are chilling explorations of mass violence, and in 'The Tranquil Star' an easy tale of stargazing turns into a meditation on language, mind's eye and infinity.

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He stopped, feet apart, hands on his hips. ” David said. ” Hendricks advanced slowly. Now the ridge lay directly beside him, along his right. Overlooking him. His uneasy feeling increased. If an Ivan was up there he wouldn’t have a chance. He waved his arm again. They should be expecting someone in the UN uniform, in response to the note capsule. Unless the whole thing was a trap. ” He turned toward David. ” “Up beside me! We’re close. We can’t take any chances. ” David remained behind him, in the rear, a few paces away, still clutching his teddy bear.

It was cool and subtle on his tongue, a benediction after the outworld rotgut. “Hm-m-m, I never thought of it just that way,” said Lefarge. ” “Oh, it is, I imagine,” said Unduma, “but the result is that Norstad acts as the shield of Earth. “Now if you examine early Terrestrial history—and Rusch, who has a remarkable knowledge of it, stimulated me to do so—you’ll find that this AMONG THIEVES 15 is a common thing. A small semicivilized state, out on the marches, holds off the enemy while the true civilization prospers behind it.

Klaus smiled bitterly. “Soldiers are suckers for children. We brought them in and tried to feed them. We found out the hard way what they were after. ” “The three of us were lucky,” Rudi said. “Klaus and I were—were visiting Tasso when it happened. ” He waved a big hand around. “This little cellar. We finished and climbed the ladder to start back. From the ridge we saw that they were all around the bunker. Fighting was still going on. David and his bear. Hundreds of them. ” Klaus tied up the photographs again.

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