The Worlds of Elie Wiesel: An Overview of His Career and His Major Themes

The Worlds of Elie Wiesel: An Overview of His Career and His Major Themes

The Worlds of Elie Wiesel: An Overview of His Career and His Major Themes

The Worlds of Elie Wiesel: An Overview of His Career and His Major Themes

Synopsis

"For more than three decades Elie Wiesel and Jack Kolbert have maintained a warm, friendly relationship. The two first met at the University of New Mexico where Kolbert introduced Wiesel to a capacity audience during an annual public lecture series. During the last several years Kolbert has escorted his seminar classes of honor students to Wiesel's Manhattan home where these students enjoyed face-to-face discussions about the issues that have engaged him throughout his career. Out of Kolbert's numerous encounters with Wiesel in both America and France, and out of his intensive study of Wiesel's dozens of books and hundreds of articles, Kolbert has written a work in which he identifies a number of interconnected themes that together form the keystone of the writer's career, literary art, and his philosophy of life. Kolbert's discussions of these themes constitute the essential substance of this volume." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Why yet another book on Elie Wiesel? After all, an impressive number of book-length volumes on him have already been published during the years following his initial appearance on the international literary stage. During the last three years alone Wiesel completed his two-volume memoirs: Tous les fleuves vont à la mer and Et la mer n'est pas remplie (the first of these translated into English as Memoirs: All Rivers Run to the Sea; the second volume [And the Sea Is Never Full] in an English translation has just appeared. Also, during the last three years we have seen the publication of Philippe-Michaël de Saint Cheron's biography of Wiesel and an edited collection of proceedings at an international Wiesel colloquium held during the summer of 1995 at the cultural center in the Chateau de Cerisy-la-Salle, near Saint-Lô in Normandy. in honor of the writer's seventieth birthday, at least two other festschrifts were published in France and America. I must also mention other recent and well-researched monographs like Simon B. Sibelman's Silence in the Novels of Elie Wiesel and Colin Davis's Elie Wiesel's Secretive Texts. a few months ago, in his new book, Great Souls Who Changed the Century, David Aikman classified Elie Wiesel as one of the six “great souls” who transformed spiritual and moral life during the twentieth century, along with Billy Graham, Nelson Mandela, Solzhenitsyn, Mother Theresa, and Pope John Paul ii. Aikman states that Wiesel “forced people to look more closely at the nature of human evil.” Given Wiesel's prominence as a writer and as a force for exalted human values, I believe that there will always be room for yet another book on his thoughts, words, and visions. Wiesel is a writer who will continue to inspire others to write about his texts. No voice more eloquently than his defined the full scope of the Holocaust, arguably the greatest tragedy in history.

My main reason for wanting to write this book on Wiesel stems from the fact that I have derived much personal satisfaction, both from my readings of his literature and from my close association with . . .

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