Night by Elie Wiesel (originally published in 1958; translation by Marion Wiesel published 2006, with a new preface by the author), 120 pages
Night describes Wiesel’s experience during the Holocaust and being imprisoned in several concentration camps. The book opens Wiesel’s hometown of Sighet, Transylvania.
A very quick read.
This book had been on my shelf for months and months. I knew I wanted to read it, but I had delayed digging in.
It was not as bad as I expected, somehow.
Although I hadn’t read Night before, I was certainly familiar with what it contained. I toured the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC in 1999. I remember the 2006 Oprah episode showing Wiesel revising Auschwitz. I’ve read other books about the war and its atrocities.
While it is not a fun book, it is an essential read.
I was at least in part prompted to read this book because it appears on the Image Journal list, which I’m still intent on completing, some day.
Wiesel is prolific; he’s written 57 books. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
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What’s your — favorite I hesitate to call it favorite, but I’m not coming up with a better word choice and anyway, hopefully you know what I mean — Holocaust book?
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