SIX EDTIONS FROM MARCH 2023
Sold In Netherlands, Spain, France and Russia. under submission in others countries. Translation Rights shared with Laterza.
«And I told him: “Look, you risk talking to me”. And he said, "I don't care."
«The story of Lorenzo Perrone is perhaps the highest moment of Primo Levi's testimony.»
"This book is splendid: painstaking historical research, beautifully written."
In If this is a man, Primo Levi wrote: «I believe that I owe it to Lorenzo that I am alive today». But who was Lorenzo? Lorenzo Perrone, this is his name, was a Piedmontese bricklayer who lived outside the Auschwitz III-Monowitz fence. A poor, stormy and almost illiterate man who every day, for six months, brought Levi a tin of soup which helped him compensate for the malnutrition in the camp. And he didn't limit himself to assisting him in his most concrete needs: he went much further, risking his life also to allow him to communicate with his family. He cared for his young friend as only a father could. Theirs was an extraordinary friendship which, born in hell, survived the war and continued in Italy until the poignant death of Lorenzo in 1952, bent by alcohol and tuberculosis. Primo never forgot him: he often spoke of him and called his children Lisa Lorenza and Renzo, in honor of his friend. This book is the biography of a 'scrap stone' of history, of one of those people who apparently live without leaving a trace and memory of themselves. But which, on closer inspection, are the real 'corner head' of humanity.