Elie Wiesel Essays on Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives

“There is no getting our minds entirely around this immense figure, but the editors come pretty close….This book is an absolute requirement for all university libraries and Jewish institutions; a pleasure for any educated reader.” —Jewish Book World

“[An] illuminating collection of 24 academic essays . . . [and a] valuable look back on Wiesel’s heroic authorial career.” —Publishers Weekly

“Navigating deftly among Wiesel’s varied scholarly and literary works, the authors view his writings from religious, social, political, and literary perspectives in highly accessible prose that will well serve a broad and diverse readership” —S. Lillian Kremer, author of Women’s Holocaust Writing: Memory and Imagination

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, best known for his writings on the Holocaust, is also the accomplished author of novels, essays, tales, and plays as well as portraits of seminal figures in Jewish life and experience. In this volume, leading scholars in the fields of Biblical, Rabbinic, Hasidic, Holocaust, and literary studies offer fascinating and innovative analyses of Wiesel’s texts as well as illuminating commentaries on his considerable influence as a teacher and as a moral voice for human rights. By exploring the varied aspects of Wiesel’s multifaceted career—his texts on the Bible, the Talmud, and Hasidism as well as his literary works, his teaching, and his testimony—this thought-provoking volume adds depth to our understanding of the impact of this important man of letters and towering international figure.

Edited by Steven T. Katz and Alan Rosen

 

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