Levi, Carlo

▪ Italian author
born Nov. 29, 1902, Turin, Italy
died Jan. 4, 1975, Rome

      Italian writer, painter, and political journalist whose first documentary novel became an international literary sensation and enhanced the trend toward social realism in postwar Italian literature.

      Levi was a painter and a practicing physician when he was exiled (1935–36) to the southern district of Lucania for anti-Fascist activities. His Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (1945; Christ Stopped at Eboli) reflects the visual sensitivity of a painter and the compassionate objectivity of a doctor. Quickly acclaimed a literary masterpiece, it was widely translated.

      Though Levi's first novel is unquestionably his masterpiece, he wrote other important nonfiction works. His Paura della libertà (1947; Of Fear and Freedom) proclaims the necessity of intellectual freedom despite an inherent human dread of it. L'orologio (1950; The Watch) deals with a postwar Cabinet crisis in Rome; Le parole sono pietre (1955; Words Are Stones) is a study of Sicily; and La doppia notte dei tigli (1959; The Linden Trees, or The Two-Fold Night) is a presentation of postwar Germany.

      Levi directed a periodical in Florence for a time and contributed to several other magazines. Later he devoted himself to painting.

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