The Judges

by Elie Wiesel

August 20, 2002 | Hardcover

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From Elie Wiesel, a gripping novel of guilt, innocence, and the perilousness of judging both.

A plane en route from New York to Tel Aviv is forced down by bad weather. A nearby house provides refuge for five of its passengers: Claudia, who has left her husband and found new love; Razziel, a religious teacher who was once a political prisoner; Yoav, a terminally ill Israeli commando; George, an archivist who is hiding a Holocaust secret that could bring down a certain politician; and Bruce, a would-be priest turned philanderer.

Their host-an enigmatic and disquieting man who calls himself simply the Judge-begins to interrogate them, forcing them to face the truth and meaning of their lives. Soon he announces that one of them-the least worthy-will die.

The Judges is a powerful novel that reflects the philosophical, religious, and moral questions that are at the heart of Elie Wiesel's work.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8.55 × 5.91 × 0.89 in

Published: August 20, 2002

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375409092

ISBN - 13: 9780375409097

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The Judges

by Elie Wiesel

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8.55 × 5.91 × 0.89 in

Published: August 20, 2002

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375409092

ISBN - 13: 9780375409097

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Outside, the wolves, if there were any, must have been jubilant; they reigned supreme over a doomed world. Razziel pictured a pack of them in full cry, anticipating the delight of falling upon sleeping prey, and that reminded him dimly of the troubling landscape of his youth. Were these the only things that seemed familiar to him, his only points of reference? Was there no face he could have called to mind for reassurance? Yes, there was one: that of an old wise man, wise and mad, mad with love and daring, with thirst for life and knowledge, the ravaged face of Paritus. Whenever Razziel thought about his own past, Paritus always surfaced in his memory. The storm was violent, driven by the fury, both blind and blinding, of a thousand wounded monsters; when would its howling cease? It seemed as if it were pitilessly bent on uprooting everything, sweeping everything away to a land dominated by white death, and that this would engulf the log cabin in which he sat in this little village hidden away somewhere in the mountains between New York and Boston. Was it the end of the world? The end of a tale whose origins were unknown to Razziel? Was he to die before having met once more with his great protector, his guide, the messenger of his destiny? Surely not; it was just a fantasy, an illusion that arose from the nightmares buried deep in Razziel''s memory, from which he himself had been barred for time beyond measure. A strange orator roused him from his reverie. Theatrical, with a
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From Elie Wiesel, a gripping novel of guilt, innocence, and the perilousness of judging both.

A plane en route from New York to Tel Aviv is forced down by bad weather. A nearby house provides refuge for five of its passengers: Claudia, who has left her husband and found new love; Razziel, a religious teacher who was once a political prisoner; Yoav, a terminally ill Israeli commando; George, an archivist who is hiding a Holocaust secret that could bring down a certain politician; and Bruce, a would-be priest turned philanderer.

Their host-an enigmatic and disquieting man who calls himself simply the Judge-begins to interrogate them, forcing them to face the truth and meaning of their lives. Soon he announces that one of them-the least worthy-will die.

The Judges is a powerful novel that reflects the philosophical, religious, and moral questions that are at the heart of Elie Wiesel's work.

About the Author

Elie Wiesel is the author of more than forty books, including his unforgettable international best-sellers Night and
A Beggar in Jerusalem, winner of the Prix Médicis. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal, and the French Legion of Honor with the rank of Grand Cross. In 1986, he received the Nobel Peace Prize. He is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and University Professor at Boston University. He lives with his wife, Marion, in New York City.
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