The Monkey's Wrench (Paperback)

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By Primo Levi, Ruth Tenzer Feldman (Translator), William Weaver (Translator)
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In this exuberant novel, one of Italy's greatest living writers celebrates the art of storytelling and the spirit of work through weaving the mesmerizing t ales of an itinerant construction worker, Libertini Faussone, and a writer-chemist, the true and fictional Primo Levi.

About the Author

Primo Levi (1919 1987) was an Italian chemist and writer, best known for his memoirs If This Is a Man and The Periodic Table.

Ruth Tenzer Feldman is the author of numerous nonfiction books for children and young adults, including The Fall of Constantinople, How Congress Works, and Don't Whistle in School: The History of America's Public Schools. She began working on Blue Thread in 2008 when she discovered the story of the Daughters of Zelophehad in the Torah. In an effort to bring historical authenticity to her characters' worlds, Ruth conducted extensive historical and cultural research, including spending time at a vintage letterpress print shop. Originally from Long Island, New York, Ruth studied at the American University Washington College of Law and has worked as a legislative attorney for the U.S. Department of Education. She is a member of the League of Women Voters, the Oregon Historical Society, the Institute for Judaic Studies, Congregation Beth Israel, and Viva Scriva-a collective of writers and artists. Ruth is currently a full-time author and resides in Portland, Oregon, with her husband. Blue Thread is her first novel. For more information, visit her website at

WILLIAM WEAVER has been the leading translator of Italian writing into English for half a century and several samples of his own work are included in "Open City," Among his previous books is "A Legacy of Excellence: The Story of Villa I Tatti," Weaver divides his year among Italy, New York City, and Annandale-on-Hudson, where he is on the faculty of Bard College.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140188929
ISBN-10: 0140188924
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: July 1995
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Classic