On the Dulce Shelf
Over the weekend Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, died at the age of 87. We know him because of Night the book Wiesel wrote in 1956 about his time in Nazi concentration camps. He was held prisoner at Auschwitz, and ultimately freed from another concentration camp as a teenager at the end of WWII.
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. The new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent.
In a substantive new preface, Wiesel reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate education to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man. Because of Night and his lifelong efforts to educate people about what happened, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
Apropos time to pick up the book and add it to our reading list, not only as a remembrance of Wiesel’s powerful literary contribution, but also at a time when maliciousness seems to be growing rampant among us.
Author: Elie Wiesel
Translator: Marion Wiesel
Publisher: Hill & Wang Pub / Farrar Straus & Giroux
Pub Date: 16 Jan 2006