by Elie Wiesel
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Hostage by Elie Wiesel

From Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and author of Night, a charged, deeply moving novel about the legacy of the Holocaust in today’s troubled world and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
            It’s 1975, and Shaltiel Feigenberg—professional storyteller, writer and beloved husband—has been taken hostage: abducted from his home in Brooklyn, blindfolded and tied to a chair in a dark basement. His captors, an Arab and an Italian, don’t explain why the innocent Shaltiel has been chosen, just that his life will be bartered for the freedom of three Palestinian prisoners. As his days of waiting commence, Shaltiel resorts to what he does best, telling stories—to himself and to the men who hold his fate in their hands.
            With beauty and sensitivity, Wiesel builds the world of Shaltiel’s memories, haunted by the Holocaust and a Europe in the midst of radical change. A Communist brother, a childhood spent hiding from the Nazis in a cellar, the kindness of liberating Russian soldiers, the unrest of the 1960s—these are the stories that unfold in Shaltiel’s captivity, as the outside world breathlessly follows his disappearance and the police move toward a final confrontation with his captors.
            Impassioned, provocative and insistently humane, Hostage is both a masterly thriller and a profoundly wise meditation on the power of memory to connect us to the past and our shared need for resolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611735840
Publisher: Center Point Large Print
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.85(d)

About 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.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

September 30, 1928

Place of Birth:

Sighet, Romania


La Sorbonne

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Hostage 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
Have you read the book Night by Elie Wiesel?  If not, you need to.  It's a telling look into a personal Holocaust experience and a classic.   Recently I picked up another Elie Wiesel book called Hostage.  This book was so realistic, I had to do some research to make sure it wasn't nonfiction.   Shaltiel Feigenberg is a storyteller in Brooklyn, Jewish, and is kidnapped and held hostage until he is willing to renounce Israel and the Jewish connection to Israel.  Apparently his captors took him randomly, assuming wrongly that all Jews have rich and powerful connections.   As Shaltiel tries to explain that he's just a lowly storyteller, he's tortured.   To survive, he channels his memories. Hostage describes the torment that Shaltiel goes through (with very minimal details on the torture, so it's not gory), as well as many of the memories of his past, including how he and father survived the Holocaust.   Throughout the book, I kept hoping that Shaltiel would be strong enough to survive.  He made it through the Holocaust (although with less trauma than others experienced), I wanted him to make it through this scenario, too.   If you haven't read anything by Wiesel, Night is the place to start.  But Hostage was pretty good, too.   Have you read anything by Elie Wiesel?  Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book
sarahfortin More than 1 year ago
This book is a fictional novel based off of World War II and the Jews back when Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany. You have the main character who is the author speaking as himself and other characters. You see drama, suspense, mystery, and tears. This book is worth the money. I am always a big fan of the Holocaust and learning about it over and over again and can bring these emotions out  and relate it to my own life. Even though I can't relate something as tragic as the Holocaust and the millions of lives of people who were forced into the concentration camps. 
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Michele528 More than 1 year ago
I was a young child when this occurred, I grew up outside NYC. It was painful to read, but also very interesting and enthralling. His recollection of his childhood was almost unbelievable, but knowing what the Nazi's were capable of doing, it is not far-fetched.