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.
Show Notes & Links
- Twilight by Elie Wiesel
- Elie Wiesel
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- Outofprintclothing.com – Books + T-Shirts (& more) = AWESOME.
- Night – Oprah Book Club Selection 2006
- Chernowitz by Fran Arrick
- Christopher Isherwood
- The Tin Drum by Günter Grass – Check out our previous podcast episode here
- The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
- “Ward No. 6” by Anton Chekhov
- “Hotel California” by The Eagles
- Hermann Hesse – Check out our Siddhartha episode
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frank
- Eva Kor
- CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
- Life is Beautiful (1997 film) – Roberto Benigni
- Isaac Bashevis Singer
- (The Diary of a Young Girl) The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
- Fresh Air Remembers Elie Wiesel
- Shoah (1985 film documentary) – Claude Lanzmann
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