Elie Wiesel and the Art of Storytelling

Elie Wiesel and the Art of Storytelling

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Elie Wiesel is a master storyteller with the ability to use storytelling as a form of activism. From his landmark memoir Night to his novels and numerous retellings of Hasidic legends, Wiesel's literature emphasizes storytelling, and he frequently refers to himself as a storyteller rather than an author or historian. In this work, essays examine Wiesel's roots in Jewish storytelling traditions; influences from religious, folk, and secular sources; education; Yiddish background; Holocaust experience; and writing style. Emphasized throughout is Wiesel's use of multiple sources in an effort to reach diverse audiences.Answers divide people and, radicalized as in National Socialisma#39;s a€œFinal Solution , a€ are frequently fatal. Third ... Wiesel describes Night as a memoir written a€œto testify, to stop the dead from dying, to justify my own survival. ... Akiba Drumer, a hasid, believes the traditional assertion that God tests those whom he loves.

Title:Elie Wiesel and the Art of Storytelling
Author:Rosemary Horowitz
Publisher:McFarland - 2006-10-30


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