Day

ISBN-10: 0809023091
ISBN-13: 9780809023097
Edition: 2006
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Description: "Not since Albert Camus has there been such an eloquent spokesman for man." "--The New York Times Book Review""" The publication of "Day "restores Elie Wiesel' s original title to the novel initially published in English as "The Accident" and  More...

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List price: $9.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 3/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

"Not since Albert Camus has there been such an eloquent spokesman for man." "--The New York Times Book Review""" The publication of "Day "restores Elie Wiesel' s original title to the novel initially published in English as "The Accident" and clearly establishes it as the powerful conclusion to the author' s classic trilogy of Holocaust literature, which includes his memoir "Night" and novel "Dawn," " In "Night "it is the ' I' who speaks, " writes Wiesel. " In the other two, it is the ' I' who listens and questions." In its opening paragraphs, a successful journalist and Holocaust survivor steps off a New York City curb and into the path of an oncoming taxi. Consequently, most of Wiesel' s masterful portrayal of one man' s exploration of the historical tragedy that befell him, his family, and his people transpires in the thoughts, daydreams, and memories of the novel' s narrator. Torn between choosing life or death, "Day" again and again returns to the guiding questions that inform Wiesel' s trilogy: the meaning and worth of surviving the annihilation of a race, the effects of the Holocaust upon the modern character of the Jewish people, and the loss of one' s religious faith in the face of mass murder and human extermination.

Born in Sighet, Romania, Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928, in Romania. In 1944 he and his family were deported, along with other Jews, to the Nazi death camps. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother and his younger sisters at Auschwitz. (Wiesel did not learn until after the war that his older sisters had also survived.) Upon liberation from the camps, Wiesel boarded a train for Western Europe with other orphans. The train arrived in France, where he chose to remain. He settled first in Normandy and later in Paris, where he completed his education at the Sorbonne (from 1948 to 1951). To support himself, he did whatever he could, including tutoring, directing a choir, and translating. Eventually he began working as a reporter for various French and Jewish publications. Emotionally unable at first to write about his experience of the Holocaust, in the mid-1950s the novelist Francois Mauriac urged him to speak out and tell the world of his experiences. The result was La Nuit (1958), later translated as Night (1960), the story of a teenage boy plagued with guilt for having survived the death camps and for questioning his religious faith. Before the book was published, Wiesel had moved to New York (in 1956), where he continued writing and eventually began teaching. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1963, following a long recuperation from a car accident. Since the publication of Night, Wiesel has become a major writer, literary critic, and journalist. As a writer steeped in the Hasidic tradition and concerned with the Holocaust he survived, he has written on the problem of persecution and the meaning of being a Jew. Dawn (1960) is an illuminating document about terrorists in Palestine. In The Accident (1961), Eliezer, a Holocaust survivor, can not seem to escape the past. Other notable works include The Gates of the Forest (1964) and Twilight (1988), which explore the themes of human suffering and a belief in God. Wiesel has received a number of awards and honors for his literary work, including the William and Janice Epstein Fiction Award in 1965, the Jewish Heritage Award in 1966, the Prix Medicis in 1969, and the Prix Livre-International in 1980. As a result of his work in combating human cruelty and in advocating justice, Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He has also served as chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and spoke at the dedication of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., in 1993.

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