ZALMEN OR THE MADNESS OF GOD

ZALMEN OR THE MADNESS OF GOD

by Elie Wiesel
     
 

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On Yom Kippur eve in 1965, Elie Wiesel found himself in Russia, “in a synagogue crowded with people.  The air was stifling.  The cantor was chanting . . . Suddenly a mad thought crossed my mind: Something is about to happen; any moment now the Rabbi will wake up, shake himself, pound the pulpit and cry out, shout his pain, his rage, his truth.  I…  See more details below

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On Yom Kippur eve in 1965, Elie Wiesel found himself in Russia, “in a synagogue crowded with people.  The air was stifling.  The cantor was chanting . . . Suddenly a mad thought crossed my mind: Something is about to happen; any moment now the Rabbi will wake up, shake himself, pound the pulpit and cry out, shout his pain, his rage, his truth.  I felt the tension building up inside me; the wait became unbearable.  But nothing happened . . . It was too late.  The Rabbi no longer had the strength to imagine himself free.”

In Zalmen, or The Madness of God, Wiesel gives his Rabbi that strength, the courage to voice his oppression and isolation, and the result is a passionate cry.  This play illuminates not only the plight of the Soviet Jew, but the anguish of individuals everywhere who must survive—and yet long for something more than mere survival.

(Adapted for the stage by Marion Wiesel.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307833037
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/10/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
2 MB

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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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