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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Shema

You who live secure
In your warm houses
Who return at evening to find
Hot food and friendly faces:

Consider whether this is a man,
Who labours in the mud
Who knows no peace
Who fights for a crust of bread

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