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.
This remarkable new collection affirms Italo Calvino's conviction that Levi was one of the most important and gifted writers of our time.
©2007 W.W. Norton & Company, Inc; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America
"In Levi's writing, nothing is superfluous and everything is essential." (Saul Bellow)
"After the barbarisms of the last century - which have followed us into this one - reading Levi remains an indispensable way of readapting ourselves to the complexity of being human." (The New York Times)
"Levi has been granted this gift of destiny, and American readers now have the gift of rediscovering it." (The Washington Post)
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