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Book Title: Dageraad|
The author of the book: Elie Wiesel
Date of issue: April 2007
ISBN 13: 9789029079044
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 435 KB
Edition: De Boekerij
Read full description of the books Dageraad:Elie Wiesel, a world famous, highly honored (and oft-criticized) Jewish writer and political activist, was born in Romania in 1928. The novella Dawn was his first work of fiction, published in 1960. Together with his famous memoir Night (1958, of the time he spent in Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps in 1944-5) and his next fictional work, Day (1961) it appears in The Night Trilogy.
The Night Trilogy edition of Dawn (which I read) has a preface, dating to 2006, in which Wiesel writes that, in the context of the narrative, he wished to explore questions such as How are we ever to disarm evil and abolish death as a means to an end? How are we ever to break the cycle of violence and rage? Can terror coexist with justice? Can hate engender anything but hate?The short novel, less than eighty pages, is a first person narrative of Elisha, an eighteen year old Jewish boy, survivor of the death camps, who has been recruited to Palestine to fight in a terrorist organization, whose aim is to force the British out, as a step towards the creation of the Zionist state.
The story is powerfully told, very foreboding. On one page I wrote “magical realism?”, and then immediately amended that to “mystical realism”. Yes, there are many references to mystical beliefs of the narrator - as well as to mystical experiences. Elisha brings us into his disturbing, and perhaps crazy, dreamworld.
The story races to its conclusion much as a dark, ominous thunderstorm descends out of a hot summer sky.
Read information about the authorEliezer Wiesel was a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He was the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.
Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him 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.
On November 30, 2006 Wiesel received an honorary knighthood in London, England in recognition of his work toward raising Holocaust education in the United Kingdom.
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