Night

Night

Book - 1986
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The narrative of a boy who lived through Auschwitz and Buchenwald provides a short and terrible indictment of modern humanity.

McMillan Palgrave

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: NY : Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1986
Edition: ed
ISBN: 9780374500016
0374500010
Characteristics: 120 p ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wiesel, Marion, trans

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avocadotree
Jul 04, 2017

Good. Also recommended- The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski, Times Arrow and Zone of Interest by Martin Amis, Mother Night, Bluebeard, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Just a few off the top of my head. Although one will find the books I've recommended in the fiction section I believe this to be categorized under autobiographies like the Diary of Anne Frank. It's interesting that subject categorization is often not mentioned. How does one even find the book on a shelf if they are searching in the wrong section? As in; the college student who said I must read this wasn't aware this wasn't a work of fiction. More of a memoir. Or it's a translation from Yiddish to French to English and that this is its second translation. Or how about the fact that this is the first book in a trilogy, Night, Dawn, Day. I'm not a fan of translations or nonfiction so this is definitely an exception of a book. Plus it's easily read in three or four hours. I will never pay a 'Professor' of any academic institution to 'teach' me. But some will never read but what others they've paid to require them to read in order to gain the requirements for their academic certification but will only learn what they are taught and nothing else. This is why people with an expensive education are the most boring especially if they have a degree in art, philosophy, or English because the think they are superior for institutionalized dogma.

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HappyRoxy
Oct 14, 2011

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.

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JenLuvzScooby
Mar 29, 2011

One of the best books I have ever read! This book was a defining book in my life. I read it while I was in high school, and I've read it again as an adult--and I never re-read books!

ivanthelibrarian Nov 18, 2010

Wiesel incorporates elements of the 'madman' and the 'beggar' from Hasidic legend in this and many of his later novels. But this is the book that deals directly with his own experience in the Holocaust and its impact on the relationship with his father. This is told in the most tender and senstive terms making Wiesel the most important writer on Holocaust experience.
If you like this I cannot recommend highly enough his later novels particularly 'A beggar in Jerusalem', 'The Town beyond the Wall', 'Gates of the Forest', 'the Fifth Son' and'Twilight'. His novels on Hasidic legend 'Souls on fire', 'Legends of our Time', 'Messengers of God' and 'Four Hasidic Masters' are well worth reading as an examination of Hasidic masters and legends in Eastern Europe before Hitler wiped this people and culture out of existence.

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