Primo Levi

(1919 - 1987 / Turin / Italy)

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (12/7/2015 2:43:00 PM)

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    GET UP!

    We used to dream in those brutal nights
    Dense, violent dreams
    Dreamed with soul and body:
    To return; to eat; to tell our story.
    Until it sounded - brief, low
    The command of dawn:
    Wstawac '';
    And the heart cracked in the chest.

    Now we've recovered our homes,
    Our bellies are full,
    We've just finished telling the story.
    It's time. Soon we'll hear again
    That foreign command:
    Wstawac ''.


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    ALZARSI

    Sognavamo nelle notti feroci
    Sogni densi e violenti
    Sognati con anima e corpo:
    Tornare; mangiare; raccontare.
    Finché suonava breve sommesso
    Il comando dell’alba:
    «Wstawac'»;
    E si spezzava in petto il cuore.

    Ora abbiamo ritrovato la casa,
    Il nostro ventre è sazio,
    Abbiamo finito di raccontare.
    E’ tempo. Presto udremo ancora
    Il comando straniero:
    «Wstawac'».


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The Survivor

Once more he sees his companions' faces
Livid in the first faint light,
Gray with cement dust,
Nebulous in the mist,
Tinged with death in their uneasy sleep.
At night, under the heavy burden
Of their dreams, their jaws move,
Chewing a non-existant turnip.
'Stand back, leave me alone, submerged people,

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