Dawn: A Novel by Elie WieselDawn: A Novel by Elie Wiesel

Dawn: A Novel

byElie WieselTranslated byFrances Frenaye

Paperback | March 21, 2006

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"The author . . . has built knowledge into artistic fiction." -The New York Times Book Review

Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British-controlled Palestine; John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter. The night-long wait for morning and death provides Dawn, Elie Wiesel's ever more timely novel, with its harrowingly taut, hour-by-hour narrative. Caught between the manifold horrors of the past and the troubling dilemmas of the present, Elisha wrestles with guilt, ghosts, and ultimately God as he waits for the appointed hour and his act of assassination. Dawn is an eloquent meditation on the compromises, justifications, and sacrifices that human beings make when they murder other human beings.

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) is the author of more than fifty books, including Night, his harrowing account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps. The book, first published in 1955, was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 2006, and continues to be an important reminder of man's capacity for inhumanity. Wiesel was Andrew W. Mellon Pro...
Title:Dawn: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.09 × 5.45 × 0.28 inPublished:March 21, 2006Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0809037726

ISBN - 13:9780809037728

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really disappointed! I had such high expectations for this book, especially after reading Elie Wiesel's first book in the trilogy, Night. I was expecting so much more out of this novel. I was hoping that the writing would pick up the pace and it just never did. Too many characters/people and not enough movement/plot to hold you to the pages. I really hope that the third novel, Day, in the trilogy can make up for this one.
Date published: 2009-01-07

Editorial Reviews

"The anguish and loss of the moral Jew who has placed himself on the other side of the gun" -Commentary

"Shines gemlike with delicate writing," -Saturday Review