"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.
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I guess Mr. Wiesel wrote this story through the pain he believes others felt. The pain of a reluctant executioner ordered to to the deed. I found the story so, so sorrowful, so deeply empty of any kind of life. Empty of any joy, or even color.
I was lucky enough to have ElieWiesel as a professor for two classes during my undergrad years.
His emotional and physical journey are amazing. He writes with such great emotion and self examination....... What an incredible human being.
May Jews around the world find some bit of solace knowing that for the most part, we have the support of the world.
Above all, we have the Motherland of Israel which does, always has and always will belong to the Jews.
Thank you Prof. Wiesel for keeping this atrocity in the now and giving all of a small glimpse into your tragic past.
LONG LIVE ISRAEL!!