Wiesel, Elie

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374500016
Characteristics: xxi, 120 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wiesel, Marion


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“A slim volume of terrifying power.”—The New York Times


"Required reading for all of humanity." —Oprah

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Oct 14, 2011
  • HappyRoxy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A short book, but a book so full of imagery that turned my stomach and gave me new insight into the horrors of the holocaust. Until I read this book, I did not know how strong the human body could be and how much it could withstand. Until I read this book, I also did not know how strong the power of the human spirit could be.

This story is a story that has humbled me and has helped me to re-evaluate the things that important to me, in my life.

Sep 13, 2011
  • annya rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very short book, but each word is written with such force that you will not bear to put it down.
The true story invokes the realization the we, as humans, are capable of so much evil, but yet, somehow, through the chaos of Elie's survival, there is yet hope that we can prevail against all odds.
This is a must read book for everyone.


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In eloquent, unflinching scenes, Night recalls Wiesel's survival as a teenager in Nazi death camps. Each chapter raises questions that have haunted the world since Hitler's rise: How could such a staggering number of innocents have lost their lives at the command of one regime? What does it take to survive when body, mind, and spirit are brutalized for months, even years? 120p.


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