The Night Trilogy Night, Dawn, Day

Elie Wiesel

Hill and Wang



Trade Paperback

352 Pages



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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel first published Night in 1960.  The Night Trilogy collects that work, translated by Marion Wiesel, with his two short novels on the Holocaust, Day and DawnNight is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. It is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Wiesel writes of their battle for survival, and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnessed each day.

In the short novel Dawn, originally published in 1961, a young man who has survived the Second World War and settled in Palestine is apprenticed to a Jewish terrorist gang. Commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage, the former victim becomes an executioner.

In Day, originally published as The Accident in 1962, Wiesel again turns to fiction to question the limits of the spirit and the self: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life without the memories of the old? As the author writes in his introduction, "In Night it is the 'I' who speaks; in the other two [narratives], it is the 'I' who listens and questions."

As a whole, Wiesel's trilogy offers meditations on mankind's attraction to violence—as well as mankind's temptation of self-destruction.


Praise for The Night Trilogy

“Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art.” —Curt Leviant, Saturday Review
"To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record."—Alfred Kazin

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Elie Wiesel 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. Wiesel is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and lives with his family in New York City. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
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  • Elie Wiesel

  • Elie Wiesel is the author of more than forty internationally acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America Congressional Gold Medal, the French Legion of Honor, and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University.



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