Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Primo Levi - If This Is A Man

An epic reading of Primo Levi's If This Is A Man on Sunday at the Royal Festival Hall.
Such a devastating account: if you haven't read it  - do.
Kemal Pervanic, who survived Omarska concentration camp in the Bosnian war, read. As did playwright Tom Stoppard, actors Samuel West, Henry Goodman and Emma Pallant  - and others including Susan Pollack, a survivor of Auschwitz.
The readings were powerful - and made more so by music (sometimes accompanying). For example, Ernest Bloch's Prayer for Cello and Piano (performed in this Youtube clip by Ying-Jun Wei).