Books: Acute Agility


by Primo Levi

Translated by Raymond Rosenthal

Summit; 222 pages; $18.95

Did you know that there are more than 350,000 species of beetles on earth (J.B.S. Haldane once observed that God "is inordinately fond of beetles"), and that there may be at least 1 million more that nobody has yet identified? Or that one species eats only roses and another only snails? Or that yet another can imitate the light of a female firefly so exactly that when a male firefly comes to mate, it gets eaten?

Well, now you know, because these were among the more than...

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