About Night

Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.

Night, since it appeared in 1960, has sold over 10 million copies but the book was not accepted at first. In the late 1950s, long before the advent of Holocaust memoirs and Holocaust studies, Wiesel’s account of his time at Auschwitz and Buchenwald was turned down by more than 15 publishers before the small firm Hill & Wang finally accepted it. Night has now became a publishing phenomenon.

Here are extracts from reviews of the book:

Review:

“A slim volume of terrifying power.” New York Times

Review:

“What I maintain is that this personal record, coming after so many others and describing an outrage about which we might imagine we already know all that it is possible to know, is nevertheless different, distinct, unique….Have we ever thought about the consequence of a horror that, though less apparent, less striking than the other outrages, is yet the worst of all to those of us who have faith: the death of God in the soul of a child who suddenly discovers absolute evil?” Francios Mauriac

Review:

“Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art.” Curt Leviant, Saturday Review

Review:

“The book that always makes me weep is ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel, because it brings up emotions of sorrow, horror and anger. And the book that unfailingly cheers me up is also ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel, because it shows me that there is never an excuse for not trying to overcome evil, and that there is no situation from which we cannot emerge with a determination to be productive.” Alan M. Dershowitz, Washington Post Book World

Review:

“To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record.” Alfred Kazin

Review:

“As a human document, ‘Night’ is almost unbearably painful, and certainly beyond criticism.” A. Alvarez, Commentary

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