The Reprieve: Weak Messianism and the Event in Primo Levi's Moments of Reprieve
McAvan, E. (2011) The Reprieve: Weak Messianism and the Event in Primo Levi's Moments of Reprieve. Literature and Theology, 25 (2). pp. 172-184.
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In this article, I analyse Primo Levi's work on Auschwitz, in particular his Moments of Reprieve. Against the overdetermined inhuman economy of the camp, I find that 'the reprieve' is what philosopher John D. Caputo has described as an Event, a stirring prompted by a call from alterity. Because it does not redeem or provide salvation, the reprieve is a weak form of messianism, suspending but not cancelling the camp. Because every other Other remains ultimately incomprehensible, I argue that even in the most repressive of the circumstances there remains the possibility of the reprieve.
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|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Social Sciences and Humanities|
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