The Tranquil Star

Author Levi, Primo
Year 2008
First published 2007
Publisher New York and London: Norton
Number of pages 162
Edition First US Paperback
ISBN 9780393331615
Keywords chemistry, literary or mainstream, FMS Library Book


These seventeen stories, first published in Italian between 1949 and 1986, demonstrate Levi's extraordinary range, taking the reader from the primal resistance of a captured partisan fighter to a middle-aged chemist experimenting with a new paint that wards off evil, to the lustful thoughts of an older man obsessed with a mysterious woman in a seaside villa. In the title story, Levi demonstrates his unerringly tragic understanding of the fragility of the universe through the tale of a pensive astronomer, terrified by the possibility that a long-dormant star might explode and reduce the entire planet to vapor. (W. W. Norton)