Literary Techniques

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As with many of his novels, Wiesel draws upon autobiographical information in his characterization of the protagonist. Like Wiesel, the...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Group discussions might begin with the question of the narrator's decision to allow the car to run him over. Why can't he cope with what he...

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Social Concerns

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As in all of Elie Wiesel's books, the primary social concern is the suffering of Holocaust victims, even decades after the conclusion of...

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Sources for Further Study

Brown, Robert McAfee. Elie Wiesel: Messenger to All Humanity. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983.

Fine, Ellen S. Legacy of “Night”: The Literary Universe of Elie Wiesel. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1982.

Freedman, Samuel G. “Bearing Witness.” The New York Times, October 23, 1983, p. A32.

Kolbert, Jack. The Worlds of Elie Wiesel: An Overview of His Career and His Major Themes. Selinsgrove, Pa.: Susquehanna University Press, 2001.

Rosen, Alan, ed. Celebrating Elie Wiesel: Stories, Essays, Reflections. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1998.

Rosenfeld, Alvin H., and Irving Greenberg, eds. Confronting the Holocaust: The Impact of Elie Wiesel. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978.

Wiesel, Elie, and Richard D. Heffner. Conversations with Elie Wiesel. Edited by Thomas J. Vinciguerra. New York: Schocken Books, 2001.

Literary Precedents

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Several memoirs of Holocaust survivors serve as literary precedents, for they demonstrate, as Wiesel does, the impossibility of returning to...

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Related Titles

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The Accident is like Wiesel's novel Dawn (1960; see separate entry) in several respects. For instance, both include female...

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