The Town Beyond the Wall

The Town Beyond the Wall

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by Elie Wiesel
     
 

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Michael—a young man in his thirties, a concentration camp survivor—makes the difficult trip behind the Iron Curtain to the town of his birth in Hungary. He returns to find and confront “the face in the window”—the real and symbolic faces of all those who stood by and never interfered when the Jews of his town were deported. In an ironic

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Michael—a young man in his thirties, a concentration camp survivor—makes the difficult trip behind the Iron Curtain to the town of his birth in Hungary. He returns to find and confront “the face in the window”—the real and symbolic faces of all those who stood by and never interfered when the Jews of his town were deported. In an ironic turn of events, he is arrested and imprisoned by secret police as a foreign agent. Here he must confront his own links to humanity in a world still resistant to the lessons of the Holocaust.

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“God-tormented, God-intoxicated, The Town Beyond the Wall is a fiction which refuses to be a novel in any usual sense. It is an exemplary tale such as people may in terror and in hope tell one another. It is a legend—archaic, modern, timeless—of an ascent from purgatory to possibility.”
Newsweek
 
“Elie Wiesel does not describe, he casts a spell. His imagination is in a state of trance. His words are a voice crying in the hideousness of our time.”
—Abraham Joshua Heschel
 
“Not since Albert Camus has there been such an eloquent spokesman for man.”
The New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805210453
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
208,598
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

ELIE WIESEL is the author of more than fifty books, both fiction and nonfiction. He is a recipient of the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the French Legion of Honor’s Grand-Croix, an honorary knighthood of the British Empire and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1976, he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University.

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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The Town Beyond the Wall 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jassybaby27 More than 1 year ago
it is a powerful yet..sad book..to be the only survivor in your family..thats alot to handle at such a young age!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!EVERY CHILD OVER THE AGE OF 11 SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!