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When a Christian boy disappears in a fictional Eastern European town in the 1920s, the local Jews are quickly accused of ritual murder. There is tension in the air and a pogrom threatens to erupt. Suddenly, an extraordinary man—Moshe the dreamer, a madman and mystic—steps forward and confesses to a crime he did not commit, in a vain attempt to save his people from certain death. The community gathers to hear his last words—a plea for silence—and everyone present takes an oath: whoever survives the impending tragedy must never speak of the towns last days and nights of terror.

For fifty years the sole survivor keeps his oath—until he meets a man whose life depends on hearing the story, and one mans loyalty to the dead confronts head-on anothers reason to go on living.

One of Wiesels strongest early novels, this timeless parable about the Jews and their enemies, about hate, family, friendship, and silence, is as powerful, haunting, and significant as it was when first published in 1973.

Synopsis:

When a Christian boy disappears in Kolvillag, a fictional town in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe in the 1920s, fanatics are quick to point a finger at the Jews, accusing them of tire age-old myth of ritual murder. There is tension in the air, and a pogrom threatens to surface. Suddenly, someone steps forward and confesses to a crime he did not commit in order to save his people from certain death. Moshe is a dreamer, a madman and a mystic, a man both revered and misunderstood by those around him. The community gathers to hear his last words, a plea for silence. Everyone present takes an oath: should anyone survive the impending tragedy, he is never to speak of the town's last clays and nights of error.<P>Only one man survives. For fifty years Azriel keeps Iris oath to be silent about these horrific events, until he meets a man whose life depends on hearing the story.

About the Author

Elie Wiesel is the author of more than forty books and the recipient of many awards, including, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. He and his wife, Marion, the translator of this book, live in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805208085
Editor:
Ralston, Susan
Author:
Ralston, Susan
Author:
Wiesel, Elie
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Suicide
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Hate
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
3 ser., nr. 254
Publication Date:
19860531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
7 x 6 inches

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"Synopsis" by , When a Christian boy disappears in Kolvillag, a fictional town in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe in the 1920s, fanatics are quick to point a finger at the Jews, accusing them of tire age-old myth of ritual murder. There is tension in the air, and a pogrom threatens to surface. Suddenly, someone steps forward and confesses to a crime he did not commit in order to save his people from certain death. Moshe is a dreamer, a madman and a mystic, a man both revered and misunderstood by those around him. The community gathers to hear his last words, a plea for silence. Everyone present takes an oath: should anyone survive the impending tragedy, he is never to speak of the town's last clays and nights of error.<P>Only one man survives. For fifty years Azriel keeps Iris oath to be silent about these horrific events, until he meets a man whose life depends on hearing the story.
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