Night by Elie Wiesel ; Foreword by Francois Mauriac ; translated from the French by Stella Rodway
Night by Elie Wiesel ; Foreword by Francois Mauriac ; translated from the French by Stella Rodway
Night by Elie Wiesel ; Foreword by Francois Mauriac ; translated from the French by Stella Rodway

Night by Elie Wiesel ; Foreword by Francois Mauriac ; translated from the French by Stella Rodway

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New York : Hill and Wang, 1958. First American Edition. Hardcover. 116 pages ; 21 cm. $3.00 dust jacket. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!


Francois Mauriac says: this personal record, coming after so many others and describing an outrage about which we might imagine we already
Know all that it is possible to know, is nevertheless different, distinct, unique. these circumstances, it seems to me, would in themselves be sufficient to inspire a book to which no other could be compared."

When M. Mauriac and the author first met, and they talked of the bestiality and cruelty of the concentration camps, he said to Wiesel, "How often have I thought of those children."

Wiesel's reply was simple and shattering: "I was one of them."

This is the true story of a boy and his father, set down in the simplest prose. What is special about this stark and moving document is the young boy's perception of the moral effects that suffering, too long endured, can have on its victims. The title of Wiesel's book, Night, is symbolic. Night for this young Israeli journalist is something akin to what Conrad meant by Heart of Darkness: a monstrous degradation. For Wiesel, his monstrous degradation was having endured to the point of caring more for one more hour's or minute's survival than for all the other considerations in the world rolled together.

"However," Mauriac goes on to say, "there is another aspect of this extraordinary book which has engaged me most deeply. The child who tells us his story here was one of God's elect. Have we ever thought about the consequence of a horror that, though less apparent than the other outrages, is yet the worst of all to those of us who have faith: the death of God in the soul of a child who suddenly discovers absolute evil?"

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