(The Real) Twilight by Elie Wiesel | Episode 039

October 23, 2016

In a memorial tribute to Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, who passed away this past July, the panel tackles his 1988 novel Twilight.

Elie Wiesel spent his life being an exemplary spokesman for those who lived through the Holocaust; both those who died and those who had to try and live their life after witnessing such horrors. He’s primarily known for his memoir Night, required reading in most schools, but his fiction is an integral part of the Wiesel canon. Delving into the functions of memory, madness, and the role of religion & philosophy in life, Twilight is the story of a Holocaust survivor’s visit to the mountain psychiatric clinic in New York, where the patients believe themselves to be contemporary versions of Biblical figures, from Adam to God, to try and understand the meaning of his own survival, if any, and discover the truth of his friend and mentor Pedro, the man who rescued him before disappearing inside Stalin’s Soviet Russia.

The meaning of life, truth & falsehoods, madmen, religion, Kabbalah, post-war politics, and life after the Holocaust – Twilight is a novel of many themes, provoking many questions for the panel’s discussion.

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