History Literature / Night

14th Mar '16 6:07:32 PM stuffedninja
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* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: Depends on your interpretation. [[spoiler:The camp is liberated and Eliezer survives, at the cost of his father's life.]] But at the very end, when Eliezer stares in a mirror, he realizes how much the experience has dehumanized him despite the liberation.

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* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: Depends on your interpretation. [[spoiler:The camp BittersweetEnding: Shifts very, ''very'' much towards the "bitter" side. Buchenwald is liberated and Eliezer survives, although not without extreme loss and most specifically (and recently) at the cost of his father's life.]] life. But at the very end, when Eliezer stares in a mirror, he realizes how much the experience has dehumanized him despite the liberation.



* TropeCodifier: Both this book and ''Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl'' are considered to be classic examples of Holocaust literature.
14th Mar '16 6:05:01 PM stuffedninja
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On April 11, 1945, the Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated, and among the freed inmates was a young man named Elie Wiesel. He had lost his father, his mother, and one of his sisters. For a decade he worked as a journalist and refused to even discuss UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. In 1954, he poured his experiences into a Yiddish book that was originally [[{{Doorstopper}} over 800 pages long]][[note]]that was just the manuscript; thankfully, it received quite some compression into just 245 pages[[/note]] and called ''And the World Remained Silent''. However, the public was generally apathetic. Then in 1955, he interviewed the Christian (and Christ-obsessed) novelist Francois Mauriac, with the results described in the page quote, and with Mauriac's help he published a greatly abridged edition in France, then America, calling it ''La Nuit'' or ''Night''.

Wiesel's story is now a smidgen over 100 pages long, but it is just as powerful as a 500-page Holocaust story, and is considered to be among the likes of ''Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl'' as [[TropeCodifier a quintessential work of Holocaust literature]].

It's a novel--er, a memoir--no, an autobiography--um, a nonfiction story--eh, [[GenreBusting this book doesn't really fit into one genre]]. This story is based off of [[AuthorAvatar Eliezer]] (or some semi-fictionalization) and his father Shlomo, and their experiences in Birkenau, Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

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On April 11, 1945, the Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated, and among the freed inmates was a young man named Elie Wiesel. He had lost his father, his mother, and one of his sisters. For a decade he worked as a journalist and refused to even discuss UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. In 1954, he poured his experiences into a Yiddish book that was originally [[{{Doorstopper}} over 800 almost 900 pages long]][[note]]that was just the manuscript; thankfully, it received quite some compression into just 245 pages[[/note]] and called ''And the World Remained Silent''. However, the public was generally apathetic. apathetic to it.

Then in 1955, he interviewed the Christian (and Christ-obsessed) novelist Francois Mauriac, with the results described in the page quote, and with Mauriac's help he published a greatly abridged edition in France, then America, calling it ''La Nuit'' or ''Night''.

Wiesel's story is now a smidgen
''Night''. The book has been translated into over 100 pages long, but it is just as powerful as a 500-page Holocaust story, 30 languages and is considered to be among the likes of ''Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl'' as [[TropeCodifier a quintessential work and a cornerstone of Holocaust literature]].

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It's a novel--er, a memoir--no, an autobiography--um, a nonfiction story--eh, [[GenreBusting this book doesn't really fit neatly into one genre]].of these genres]], and there's still lots of debate over how much of this book is memoir, and scholars still have trouble trying to approach it as a straightforward account. This story is based off of [[AuthorAvatar Eliezer]] (or some semi-fictionalization) and his father Shlomo, and their experiences in Birkenau, Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
20th Jan '16 9:54:21 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* InfantImmortality: Averted thoroughly. Starting in the ''very first chapter'', we hear of babies being used as target practice for the SS soldiers. Then we see children being shot, thrown into fire-pits, hanged...
31st Oct '15 7:48:18 AM Prfnoff
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* FriendToAllChildren: Josef Mengele plays himself up as this. Subverted, given that he was Josef Mengele and had a ''[[PlayingWithSyringes reason]]'' for being so outwardly nice to the children.

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* FriendToAllChildren: Josef Mengele UsefulNotes/JosefMengele plays himself up as this. Subverted, given that he was Josef Mengele and had a ''[[PlayingWithSyringes reason]]'' for being so outwardly nice to the children.
7th Oct '15 2:06:56 PM rjd1922
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Eliezer can't help but laugh at the absurdity of the SS officer Idek moving a hundred prisoners to have sex with a girl. Unfortunately, Idek heard this and [[ATasteOfTheLash punished Eliezer for it]].

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Eliezer can't help but laugh at the absurdity of the SS officer Idek moving a hundred prisoners just to have sex with a girl. Unfortunately, Idek heard this and [[ATasteOfTheLash punished Eliezer for it]].
26th Jun '15 2:40:20 PM rjd1922
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Eliezer can't help but laugh at the absurdity of the SS officer Idek moving a hundred prisoners to have sex with a girl. Unfortunately, Idek heard this and [[ATasteOfTheLash punished Eliezer for it]].
20th Mar '15 12:23:06 AM Thurisaz314
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9th Sep '14 10:36:25 PM JulianLapostat
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On April 11, 1945, the Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated, and among the freed inmates was a young man named Elie Wiesel. He had lost his father, his mother, and one of his sisters. For a decade he worked as a journalist and refused to even discuss the Holocaust. In 1954, he poured his experiences into a Yiddish book that was originally [[{{Doorstopper}} over 800 pages long]][[note]]that was just the manuscript; thankfully, it received quite some compression into just 245 pages[[/note]] and called ''And the World Remained Silent''. However, the public was generally apathetic. Then in 1955, he interviewed the Christian (and Christ-obsessed) novelist Francois Mauriac, with the results described in the page quote, and with Mauriac's help he published a greatly abridged edition in France, then America, calling it ''La Nuit'' or ''Night''.

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On April 11, 1945, the Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated, and among the freed inmates was a young man named Elie Wiesel. He had lost his father, his mother, and one of his sisters. For a decade he worked as a journalist and refused to even discuss the Holocaust.UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. In 1954, he poured his experiences into a Yiddish book that was originally [[{{Doorstopper}} over 800 pages long]][[note]]that was just the manuscript; thankfully, it received quite some compression into just 245 pages[[/note]] and called ''And the World Remained Silent''. However, the public was generally apathetic. Then in 1955, he interviewed the Christian (and Christ-obsessed) novelist Francois Mauriac, with the results described in the page quote, and with Mauriac's help he published a greatly abridged edition in France, then America, calling it ''La Nuit'' or ''Night''.
21st Jun '14 3:52:36 AM tryrar
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* DyingLikeAnimals: Lots of Bats in the book's early sections.
28th May '14 3:50:16 PM stuffedninja
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* AnyoneCanDie: [[CaptainObvious Duh.]]



* BookEnds: See IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming below.



* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Though they're far lesser-known than this book, Wiesel wrote two fictional follow-ups to his memoir, both exploring the plight of Holocaust survivors and their efforts to reconcile with the past. The first was called ''Dawn'', and the second was called ''Day''. Together with ''Night'', they form a trilogy.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming [=/=] ThemeNaming: Though they're far lesser-known than this book, Wiesel wrote two fictional follow-ups to his memoir, both exploring the plight of Holocaust survivors and their efforts to reconcile with the past. The first was called ''Dawn'', and the second was called ''Day''. Together with ''Night'', they form a trilogy.trilogy.
** [[WordOfGod Elie has said]] that this represents his state of mind during and following the Holocaust, and how everything [[BookEnds ends up coming right back to night]].[[note]]This also ties into the Jewish tradition that new days begin at nightfall.[[/note]]


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* SanitySlippage: Poor Mrs. Schachter.
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