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The worlds of Elie Wiesel : an overview of his career and his major themes /
Jack Kolbert.
Selinsgrove [Pa.] : Susquehanna University Press ; London : Associated University Press, c2001.
214 p. ; 25 cm.
1575910500 (alk. paper)
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Selinsgrove [Pa.] : Susquehanna University Press ; London : Associated University Press, c2001.
1575910500 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-11-01:
In principle, a monograph treating only Wiesel's essays, interviews, and public statements would be a welcome aid to understanding what Wiesel stands for. Such a treatment demands critical distance: a willingness to analyze Wiesel's controversial positions (e.g., on conflict between Israel and Palestine, antisemitism in the former Soviet Union) and his seemingly contradictory statements (German collective guilt versus the altercation about the commemoration of non-Jewish victims in the Holocaust Museum in Washington). Unfortunately, Kolbert (emer., Susquehanna Univ.) is concerned more with hagiography than history. And he does not put Wiesel's statements in context. The book abounds in passages that cry out for analysis and background instead of mere presentation. Nonetheless, beginners can learn a great deal here--for example, what Wiesel has to say about religion (the best part of the book), Israel, literature, the Jewish people, the nature of evil, the sanctity of life, his childhood in Sighet, the Jewish-Christian dialogue, the place of the Holocaust in history, and his love of France and the French language. Yet in treating these varied themes, Kolbert is often repetitious, especially in presenting biographical information. Also, because Wiesel has his vociferous critics, this book would be more valuable had Kolbert acknowledged them and addressed their charges. Undergraduate readers. R. C. Conard University of Dayton
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 9
Acknowledgementsp. 15
Elie Wiesel-a Life and a Careerp. 19
Yearning for Childhood: Sighetp. 50
Remembering the Holocaustp. 59
"indifference to Evil is Evil"p. 72
The Rhetoric of Silencep. 80
In Remembrance of Historyp. 86
And Where Was God?p. 94
Hear Oh Israel: the Jewish People Are Onep. 106
In Search of Jewish-Christian Dialoguep. 124
The Sanctity of Lifep. 136
What is Literature?p. 143
A Portrait of the Writer as Teacher and Scholarp. 163
The French Connectionp. 172
And Yet-a Conclusion That Does Not Concludep. 188
Notesp. 197
Select Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 211
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