The Judges by Elie Wiesel
A Novel

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From Elie Wiesel, a gripping novel of guilt, innocence, and the perilousness of judging both.

A plane en route from New York to Tel Aviv is forced down by bad weather. A nearby house provides refuge for five of its passengers: Claudia, who has left her husband and found new love; Razziel, a religious teacher who was once a political prisoner; Yoav, a terminally ill Israeli commando; George, an archivist who is hiding a Holocaust secret that could bring down a certain politician; and Bruce, a would-be priest turned philanderer.

Their host—an enigmatic and disquieting man who calls himself simply the Judge—begins to interrogate them, forcing them to face the truth and meaning of their lives. Soon he announces that one of them—the least worthy—will die.

The Judges is a powerful novel that reflects the philosophical, religious, and moral questions that are at the heart of Elie Wiesel’s work.

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About Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel is the author of more than forty books, including his unforgettable international bestsellers Night and A Beggar in Jerusalem, winner of the Prix Médicis. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal, and the French Legion of Honor with the rank of Grand Cross. In 1986, he received the Nobel Peace Prize. He is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and University Professor at Boston University.
Published December 18, 2007 by Schocken. 221 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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From the prolific Nobelist, a novel rather artificially constructed--but for the worthy purpose of looking inside to find what meaning life can hold for any of us.

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Review: In a novel that strives for the allegorical weight of fable, but stumbles into improbability, a mysterious host insists on judging a group of airline passengers stranded by a snowstorm.

Aug 24 2002 | Read Full Review of The Judges: A Novel

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