The Testament

The Testament

by Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel
     
 

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On August 12, 1952, Russia's greatest Jewish writers were secretly executed by Stalin. In this remarkable blend of history and imagination, Paltiel Kossover meets the same fate but, unlike his real-life counterparts, he is permitted to leave a written testament. From a Jewish boyhood in pre-revolutionary Russia, Paltiel traveled down a road that embraced Communism,

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On August 12, 1952, Russia's greatest Jewish writers were secretly executed by Stalin. In this remarkable blend of history and imagination, Paltiel Kossover meets the same fate but, unlike his real-life counterparts, he is permitted to leave a written testament. From a Jewish boyhood in pre-revolutionary Russia, Paltiel traveled down a road that embraced Communism, only to return to Russia and discover a Communist Party that had become his mortal enemy. Two decades later, Paltiel's son, Grisha, reads this precious record of his father's life and finds that it illuminates the shadowed planes of his own.
        
Passionate and fierce, this story of a father's legacy to his son revisits some of the most dramatic events of our century, and confirms yet again Elie Wiesel's stature as "a writer of the highest moral imagination" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Reaches a climax of tragic power. . . . [Wiesel] has wrested life out of death."        
— D. M. Thomas, author of The White Hotel

"A fervent, eloquent, and disciplined account of the moral journey endemic to our times."
Christian Science Monitor

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In what PW called ``his best work in years,'' Wiesel writes an updated Darkness at Noon , the tragic memoirs of a Russian poet whose social idealism leads him to replace his religious heritage with Communism. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805211153
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
558,493
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The author of more than forty internationally acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, he lives in New York with his family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
September 30, 1928
Place of Birth:
Sighet, Romania
Education:
La Sorbonne

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