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Key Facts Full Title · Night Author · Elie Wiesel

Key Facts Full Title · Night Author · Elie Wiesel

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Key Factsfull title · Nightauthor · Elie Wieseltype of work · Literary memoir genre · World War II and Holocaust autobiographylanguage · Wiesel first wrote a 900-page text in Yiddish titled Un di Velt Hot Geshvign(And the World Remained Silent). The work later evolved into the much-shorter French publication La Nuit, which was then translated into English as Night.time and place written · Mid-1950s, Paris. Wiesel began writing after a ten-year self-imposed vow of silence about the Holocaust.date of first publication · Un di Velt Hot Geshvign was first published in 1956 in BuenosAires. La Nuit was published in France in 1958, and the English translation was published in 1960. publisher · Unión Central Israelita Polaca (in Buenos Aires); Les Editions de Minuit (inFrance); Hill & Wang (in the United States)narrator · Eliezer (a slightly fictionalized version of Elie Wiesel) point of view · Eliezer speaks in the first person and always relates the autobiographicalevents from his perspective.tone · Eliezer’s perspective is limited to his own experience, and the tone of Night istherefore intensely personal, subjective, and intimate. Night is not meant to be an all-encompassing discourse on the experience of the Holocaust; instead, it depicts theextraordinarily personal and painful experiences of a single victim.tense · Pastsetting (time) · 1941–1945, during World War IIsettings (place) · Eliezer’s story begins in Sighet, Transylvania (now part of Romania;during Wiesel’s childhood, part of Hungary). The book then follows his journey throughseveral concentration camps in Europe: Auschwitz/Birkenau (in a part of modern-dayPoland that had been annexed by Germany in 1939), Buna (a camp that was part of theAuschwitz complex), Gleiwitz (also in Poland but annexed by Germany), andBuchenwald (Germany). protagonist · Eliezer major conflict · Eliezer’s struggles with Nazi persecution, and with his own faith in Godand in humanityrising action · Eliezer’s journey through the various concentration camps and thesubsequent deterioration of his father and himself climax · The death of Eliezer’s father falling action · The liberation of the concentration camps, the time spent in silence between Eliezer’s liberation and Elie Wiesel’s decision to write about his experience,referred to in the memoir when Eliezer jumps ahead to events that happened after theHolocaustthemes · Eliezer’s struggle to maintain faith in a benevolent God; silence; inhumanitytoward other humans; the importance of father-son bondsmotifs · Tradition, religious observancesymbols · Night, fireforeshadowing · Night does not operate like a novel, using foreshadowing to hint atsurprises to come. The pall of tragedy hangs over the entire novel, however. Even as

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