Press Release: Night
Translated by Marion Wiesel
Foreword by François Mauriac
Illustrated with works by Holocaust artists
‘Elie Wiesel was not just the world’s most prominent Holocaust survivor, he was a living memorial.’
One of the first and one of the greatest Holocaust memoirs, this Folio edition includes Wiesel’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech and a selection of paintings and drawings by survivors and witnesses.
Wiesel’s account of his experiences as a teenager during the Holocaust is a memoir of prodigious power. Wiesel was 15 when his family was transported to Auschwitz; his mother and younger sister were killed on arrival and he was left with his father to endure the brutal regime of camp life. With a quiet elegance and strength, Wiesel writes of his desperate efforts to keep himself and his father alive, switching roles and taking on the mantle of protector and provider.
Following the liberation of Buchenwald by American Forces in 1945, Wiesel moved to Paris, studied at the Sorbonne and subsequently worked as a journalist. It was following an interview with French novelist François Mauriac that Wiesel revisited the manuscript and published Night. Mauriac’s fascinating foreword tells of the struggle to secure a publisher and how the book was eventually released. The text was revised by Wiesel’s wife Marion in 2006 and it remains the best-known Holocaust memoir; a powerful reminder ‘lest we forget’.
The stark binding design encourages contemplation and the blocked title is replicated on the slipcase, which is the colour of approaching night. To illustrate the edition, Folio sourced paintings and drawings from Holocaust archives, including Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. These include Thomas Geve’s chilling Culture – painted by the teenager while he gained sufficient strength to leave the liberated Buchenwald; and Roll Call at Auschwitz by Mieczyslaw Koscielniak: an artist who smuggled over 300 drawings out of the camp so the rest of the world would know something of the horror.
Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Jansen. 168 pages. 11 colour artworks. Blocked slipcase. 8˝ × 5¼˝.
UK £29.95 US $45.95 Can $59.95 Aus $67.95 RO £32.95
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