A Mad Desire to Dance

A Mad Desire to Dance

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A searing exploration of a man haunted by the horrors of the twentieth century, a man who feels he must be going mad but who finds a way out of the darkness. Doriel is a European transplanted to New York who carries with him a profound sense of desperation and loss. His mother, a resistance leader, survives the war but dies in a car crash with her husband soon afterward. Doriel's longing for his parents, and a longing to know his family's secrets, haunts him and denies him the chance for happiness or intimacy with women. The intense study of Judaism offers him no solace; to the contrary, he comes to believe he is haunted by a dybbuk. His visits to Israel land him in anti-Zionist enclaves where only the coming of the Messiah is important. A child during the war, all he knows of the Holocaust comes from movies, newsreels, and books. But it is enough. Five years of psychoanalysis brings him to a crossroads. Finally he comes to grips with his mother's secret -- a wartime affair -- and the process triggers in him a new understanding that only love can heal the most intimate of wounds.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 129.54 x 152.4 x 30.48mm | 249.47g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0739382063
  • 9780739382066

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"Difficult but powerful . . . Wiesel handles the situation expertly, and . . . a multilayered narrative emerges: the journey through sadness and toward redemption; a meditation on the hand dealt to Holocaust survivors; and a valuable parable on the wages of human trauma. While the novel is not always easy sledding, there are ample rewards-intellectual and visceral-for the willing reader." -"Publishers Weekly ""It is once again a survivor's memories . . . that will rivet readers . . . The terse personal vignettes are gripping . . . The secrets surprise you to the end." -"Booklist """A Mad Desire to Dance" reminds us, with force, that Wiesel's writing is alive and strong. The master has once again found here a startling freshness." -"Le Monde des Livres " "A genuine adventure that enriches the reader." -"L'Eclaireur " ""A Mad Desire to Dance" [is] an interior adventure driven by the need to know-and the certitude-that only love can heal our most intimate wounds." "-France Culture " "From the Hardcover edition."show more

About Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel is the author of more than forty books, including his unforgettable international best sellers Night and A Beggar in Jerusalem, winner of the Prix Médicis. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal, and the French Legion of Honor with the rank of Grand Cross. In 1986, he received the Nobel Peace Prize. He is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and University Professor at Boston University. From the Hardcover edition.show more

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711 ratings
3.19 out of 5 stars
5 17% (118)
4 25% (180)
3 30% (214)
2 17% (121)
1 11% (78)
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