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Smith, N.A. (2004). ‘To Return, to Eat, to Tell the Story’: Primo Levi's Lessons on Living and Dying in the Aftermath of Trauma. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 13(1/2):66-70.

(2004). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 13(1/2):66-70

‘To Return, to Eat, to Tell the Story’: Primo Levi's Lessons on Living and Dying in the Aftermath of Trauma

Nancy A. Smith

This article invites Primo Levi, the internationally esteemed citizen of Turin, Italy and survivor of the Auschwitz to instruct post 9/11 psychoanalysis in five lessons on living and dying in the aftermath of severe trauma. Relying on excerpts from Levi's writings, the author invites Levi to speak to the reader words of warning concerning contemporary psychoanalysis’ benign omnipotence in embracing overly simplistic theories of cure, resiliency and psychic repatriation of the human spirit in the aftermath of severe trauma.

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