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Primo Levi

And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once, to find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions, facing blind, deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your own hands and your own head. — Primo Levi, from “Bear Meat” The New Yorker (8 January 2007. Translated from the Italian, by Alessandra Bastagli.

 

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