Monday, January 16, 2006

Night by Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel's "Night" is on Oprah's book club selection. Night is a true of the horrors that Elie Wiesel witnessed as a young man at Auschwitz and Buchenwald the camps where his mother, father and sister were killed. it is a horrific and powerful autobiographical view of the Holocaust.

While the James Frey and Oprah controversy is still a hot debate, Oprah has picked up yet another memoir. While talking to New York Times author of Night, Elie Wiesel said:

Mr. Wiesel said he had not read Mr. Frey's book and could not comment on the controversy. He acknowledged that some people and institutions, including on occasion The New York Times, have referred to "Night" as a novel, "mainly because of its literary style."

"But it is not a novel at all," he said. "I know the difference," he added, noting that "Night" is the first of his 47 books, several of which are novels. "I make a distinction between what I lived through and what I imagined others to have lived through."

Author: Elie Wiesel

Eliezer Wiesel (born September 30, 1928) is a world-renowned novelist, philosopher, humanitarian, political activist, and Holocaust survivor. He is the author of over 40 books, the most famous of which, Night, is an autobiographical novella that describes his experiences during the Holocaust.

In 1986, Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called Wiesel a "messenger to mankind", noting that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps", as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace", Wiesel has delivered a powerful message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humanity. Wiesel lives in the United States, where he teaches at Boston University and serves as the Chairman of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. (More on Elie Wiesel - Wikipedia)

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