Night – Elie Wiesel
Original title: La Nuit, 1958 (Yiddish: Un di velt hot geshvign, 1956)
Swedish title: Natten
Series: The Night Trilogy #1
Followed by: Dawn, Day
Publishing house: Bantam Books
“When Elie Wiesel was liberated from Buchenwald in 1945, having also been in Birkenau, Auschwitz, and Buna, he imposed a ten-year vow of silence upon himself before trying to describe what had happened to him and over six million Jews.” – The very first sentence from “Preface for the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition” written by Robert McAfee Brown.
This is a novel by Elie Wiesel about his, and his father’s, time during the second world war.
I had this book recommended to me by a friend saying you have to read this book. She was right. I was not sure I was going to like it. I mean in the sense that not liking it even though it’s good. I thought it would be hard to read it. Not that it would be difficult to understand but because of the subject. I did not think it would be easy to read about someones time in concentration camps, the cruelty.
Night surprised me. I had to remind myself a couple of times that this really happened, this isn’t made up. Elie Wiesel writes in a matter-of-fact way. I do not know if it has something to do with that he waited over ten years to write it, if it would have been more feelings in the text if it was written earlier. Now it simply tells us what happened.
This is a very important book. It reminds us of what must not happen again. Read it.