"Monsters exist, but they are too few in numbers to be truly dangerous. More dangerous arethe functionaries ready to believe and act without asking questions": First Edition of Se Non Ora, Quando?; Signed by Primo Levi
Se Non Ora, Quando? (If Not Now, When?)
Item Number: 2872
Torino: Einaudi, 1982.
First Italian edition and true first. Octavo, original cloth. folded map. Signed by Primo Levi on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
First published in 1982 in Italian, "If Not Now, When" follows a courageous band of Jewish partisans making their way from Russia to Italy, moving toward the ultimate goal of Palestine. The novel captures the landscape and the people of Eastern Europe in vivid detail, depicting as well the terrible bleakness of war-ridden Europe. The title is taken from a well-known rabbinical saying attributed to Hillel the Elder: "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?"