The Judges by Elie Wiesel

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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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Published December 18, 2007 by Schocken. 221 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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There are two strains in Nobel Peace Prize–winner Wiesel's work. One is testimonial. Beginning with his classic, Night, Wiesel has made himself one of

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Wiesel is obviously closest to Razziel, whose past experiences in a Romanian prison and interest in mysticism mirror, in lightly fictionalized form, factors in Wiesel's own life.

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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.

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