From the Kingdom of Memory

From the Kingdom of Memory

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"One of the great writers of our generation" (The New Republic) weaves together memories of his life before the Holocaust and his great struggle to find meaning afterwards. Included are Wiesel's landmark speeches, among them his powerful testimony at the trial of Klaus Barbie and his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance more

Product details

  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 132.6 x 202.9 x 18.8mm | 303.91g
  • Schocken Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0805210202
  • 9780805210200
  • 731,483

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In this collection of speeches and essays (some reprinted from the New York Times, Parade, etc.), Wiesel pleads passionately for preserving the integrity of memory and language in order to restore meaning to human life and its essential human attribute, language. The Nobel laureate seeks to pierce the screen that separates words from their meanings and keeps people from realizing their dreams and learning from their memories. Over and over, he underlines that language and memory are the only tools we have to help us to acknowledge and formulate the right questions about the abyss that separates us from Holocaust survivors. Admitting the inadequacy of words to bridge the gap, he says, brings us closer to the terror and the truth at the heart of ourselves and our history. Especially moving are accounts of Wiesel's return trips to the scenes of his torment, "Pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Night," "Pilgrimage to Sigher," "Making the Ghosts Speak," and his uncompromising addresses to President Reagan, the Reichstag, and the Nobel audience. Also included are the classic essay "Why I Write"; a shattering memoir inspired by the trial of Klaus Barbie; and dialogue sketches and other pieces. Wiesel continues to speak of shameful and painful events in human history, wounding and enlightening at the same time. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

Table of contents

Why I Write To Believe or Not to Believe Inside a Library The Stranger in the Bible A Celebration of Friendship Peretz Markish Dialogues Pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Night Sighet Again Kaddish in Cambodia Making the Ghosts Speak Passover Meeting Again Trivializing Memory Bitburg Testimony at the Barbie Trial When Memory Brings People Together More Dialogues What Really Makes Us Free? Are We Afraid of Peace? The Nobel Address The Nobel Lectureshow more

About Elie Wiesel

ELIE WIESEL is the author of more than fifty books, both fiction and nonfiction. He is a recipient of the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the French Legion of Honor’s Grand-Croix, an honorary knighthood of the British Empire and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1976, he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston more

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