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DescriptionElie Wiesel's harrowing first-hand account of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust, "Night" is translated by Marion Wiesel with a preface by Elie Wiesel in "Penguin Modern Classics". Born into a Jewish ghetto in Hungary, as a child, Elie Wiesel was sent to the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. This is his account of that atrocity: the ever-increasing horrors he endured, the loss of his family and his struggle to survive in a world that stripped him of humanity, dignity and faith. Describing in simple terms the tragic murder of a people from a survivor's perspective, "Night" is among the most personal, intimate and poignant of all accounts of the Holocaust. A compelling consideration of the darkest side of human nature and the enduring power of hope, it remains one of the most important works of the twentieth century. Elie Wiesel (b. 1928) was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. After the war, Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During an interview with the distinguished French writer, Francois Mauriac, he was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps. The result was his internationally acclaimed memoir, "La Nuit" or "Night", which has since been translated into more than thirty languages. If you enjoyed "Night", you might also like Primo Levi's "The Periodic Table", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". "A slim volume of terrifying power". ("The New York Times"). "To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record". (Alfred Kazin). "Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art". (Curt Leviant, "Saturday Review").
- Published: 25 May 2006
- Format: Paperback 144 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780140189896 ISBN 10: 0140189890
- Sales rank: 19,448
Reviews for Night
- Staff review
Despite numerous other important Holocaust memorials, Nobel Peace Prize- winner Elie Wiesel's widely-read autobiography Night remains a vital, harrowing, and still astonishing book. It is, perhaps, the book that single-handedly did most toÃ??Ã?Â enable a fuller understanding of the depravity of the Nazi project. Born in Sighet, Transylvania, Weisel was just a teenager when he, and his family, were taken from their home to the infamous Buchenwald concentration camp. Night is his almost unbearably moving account of the death of his family and his direct acquaintance with the Nazi death machine. This is a new translation by Wiesel's wife, Marion (she "knows my voice and how to transmit it better than anyone else"), and is, Elie says in a moving introduction, corrected and revised in a number of important details. Some controversy has always attached itself to the book with questions asked about how novelised Wiesel's account actually is. But such criticisms pale before the truth of the horrors that Night recounts. An essential read. by Mark Thwaite