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    DescriptionIn this powerful and wide-ranging collection of essays, letters and diary entries, weaving together all the periods of the author's life -- from his childhood in Transylvania to Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Paris, New York -- Elie Wiesel, acclaimed as one of the most gifted and sensitive writers of our time, probes, from the particular point of view of his Jewishness, such central moral and political issues as Zionism and the Middle East conflict, Solzhenitsyn and Soviet anti-Semitism, the obligations of American Jews toward Israel, the Holocaust and its cheapening in the media.


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    Title
    Jew Today
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elie Wiesel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 247
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 113 g
    Language
    English
    French
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780394740577
    ISBN 10: 0394740572
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR1
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: HRJ
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 431
    DC21: 296
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/HOLOCT, RELI/JUDAIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25430
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 813/.5/4
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS043000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC008000, BIO018000
    LC classification: PQ2683.I32 Z51713 1979
    Thema V1.0: QRJ, JBSR
    Edition statement
    Vintage Books ed
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    31 October 1991
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Rich in autobiographical, philosophical, moral and historical implications...a jew today reveals a matchless writer in complete control of his power: " -- Chicago Tribune
    Review text
    Recent essays. The nature of the Jew: "Only a Jew opts for Abraham - who questions - and for God - who is questioned." Autobiographical reminiscences of a friendship with Francois Mauriac. Apartheid in South Africa and the consequent moral dilemma faced by Jews there. A nightmarish return to Wiesel's childhood hometown in Hungary. His Hasidic grandfather, shortly before the Holocaust, cautioning: "You are Jewish, your task is to remain Jewish. The rest is up to God." A lurid but effective quasi-fictional tale about a heretical convert who journeys to a transplanted Hasidic settlement in Israel after the Holocaust to explain that his heresy was designed to "punish" God for not saving the Jews. Best of all - and, as always with Wiesel, acerbic, accusatory, uncompromising - is a closing critique of our lately "desanctified" Holocaust literature. "Ask any survivor. He will confirm to you that it was easier for him to imagine himself free in Auschwitz than it would be for you to imagine yourself a prisoner there." Saying "Auschwitz, never heard of it" may be no worse than saying "Oh, yes, we know all about it." "Accept the idea that you will never penetrate the cursed and spellbound universe [survivors] carry within themselves with unfailing loyalty. . . . If you cannot communicate with them on their level, do not try to bring them down to yours." No cumulative effect but, with the Holocaust, a strong, inescapable impact. (Kirkus Reviews)
    Back cover copy
    In this powerful and wide-ranging collection of essays, letters and diary entries, weaving together all the periods of the author's life---from his childhood in Transylvania to Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Paris, New York---Elie Wiesel, acclaimed as one of the most gifted and sensitive writers of our time, probes, from the particular point of view of his Jewishness, such central moral and political issues as Zionism and the Middle East conflict, Solzhenitsyn and Soviet anti-Semitism, the obligations of American Jews toward Israel, the Holocaust and its cheapening in the media.
    Flap copy
    In this powerful and wide-ranging collection of essays, letters and diary entries, weaving together all the periods of the author's life -- from his childhood in Transylvania to Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Paris, New York -- Elie Wiesel, acclaimed as one of the most gifted and sensitive writers of our time, probes, from the particular point of view of his Jewishness, such central moral and political issues as Zionism and the Middle East conflict, Solzhenitsyn and Soviet anti-Semitism, the obligations of American Jews toward Israel, the Holocaust and its cheapening in the media.