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Day

A Novel

Elie Wiesel; With a New Preface by the Author; Translated by Anne Borchardt

Hill and Wang

The publication of Day restores Elie Wiesel's original title to the novel initially published in English as The Accident and clearly establishes it as the powerful conclusion to the author's classic trilogy of Holocaust literature, which includes his memoir Night and novel Dawn. "In Night it is the 'I' who speaks," writes Wiesel. "In the other two, it is the 'I' who listens and questions."

Struck and gravely wounded by a cab in Times Square, the novel's anonymous narrator, a Holocaust survivor, begins a profound and painful journey through his past, facing again and again the questions, Is it ever possible for Holocaust survivors to create new lives for themselves without remembering their old ones? A confrontation with the burdens of memory, Day explores a random catastrophe, the temptation of self-destruction, and their connection to the larger tragedy that befell an entire people. A new preface by the author reflects on the enduring questions raised in Day and on the novel's place in this trilogy.

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DAY (Begin Reading)

THE ACCIDENT occurred on an evening in July, right in the heart of New York, as Kathleen and I were crossing the street to go to see the movie The Brothers Karamazov.

The heat was heavy, suffocating: it penetrated your bones, your veins, your lungs. It was difficult to speak, even to breathe. Everything was covered with an enormous, wet sheet of air. The heat stuck to your skin, like a curse.

People walked clumsily, looking haggard, their mouths dry like the mouths of old men watching the decay of their existence; old men hoping to take leave of their own beings

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  • Elie Wiesel; With a New Preface by the Author; Translated by Anne Borchardt

  • 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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Day

A Novel

Elie Wiesel; With a New Preface by the Author; Translated by Anne Borchardt

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