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"Elie Wiesel is one of that small… group of survivors of the Shoah, or Holocaust, who understands and accepts that an important part of his life is to be a witness and use his scholarship and his great gift for story-telling in testifying to the unprecedented tragedy of his people… He had another gift: meeting people and gaining their confidence and trust. There are anecdotes on virtually every page – and many of them could easily become short stories or novels… This book takes us memorably to a world that was filled with Jewish learning and laughter and love."
HUGO GRYN, 'Sunday Times'
"Wiesel's own recollections of Auschwitz and Buchenwald occupy a relatively brief part of this volume of memoirs. But the experiences he lived through within the Nazi's vast machine of murder have informed his whole life, just as they lie immanent on every page of this book… It is in the loving evocation of Sighet on the Romanian-Hungarian border and the account of its destruction that this book excels."
MARCUS WARREN, 'Sunday Telegraph'
"There are few more poignant pieces of writing in what has come to be known as Holocaust literature than Weisel's description of his father's death, a mere two pages which encapsulate an eternity of suffering… the power of this book is all the greater because it describes not only the destruction of Jewish lives but the life that was destroyed – the pre-war life of sub-Carpathian Jewry… There are parts of this book that read like a novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Other parts are almost mystical; yet others are intensely personal. Through one man's journey, a wide swath of recent Jewish history comes movingly to life, and even with all the horrors, it is an uplifting tale."
MARTIN GILBERT, 'The Times'
"Elie Wiesel is outstanding among intellectuals in search of explanations for the evil that pervaded Hitler's death camps. He owes the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 to the singular influence his writing has had on Holocaust thinking and its application to the defence of universal human rights… Characteristically vivid, these memoirs contrast a happy childhood with the unfathomable tragedy of the Holocaust. the book shows he has never been able to cast off the tentacles of darkness that shackled him during the war. In his phrase – 'Memory is a passion no less powerful or pervasive than love.'"
HELLA PICK, 'Guardian'
Elie Wiesel is the author of more than thirty books, including Night, The Accident, A Beggar in Jerusalem (winner of the Prix Médicis), The Forgotten and From the Kingdom of Memory. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the French Legion of Honour and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. He is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and University Professor at Boston University. Elie Wiesel was President Clinton’s representative at the fiftieth anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz. Most of his books have been translated into English by his wife, Marion. The Wiesels live in New York City with their son, Elisha.