Remembering Elie Wiesel, Novelist


J.L. Wall

J.L. Wall is a native Kentuckian in self-imposed exile to the Midwest, where he teaches writing to college students and over-analyzes Leonard Cohen lyrics.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    At Auschwitz, there was a thing that happened to Wiesel that completely changed him and he wanted to retell the story somehow but he was never really able to put it together in a way that worked for him.

    It eventually became “The Trial Of God” and Robert Brown opens the book by saying how Wiesel said that this story didn’t work as a novel, as a play, or as a cantata. Trial of God has a play within a play which is, I guess, as close as he could get to what he had seen when, at Auschwitz, he witnessed three rabbis hold God on trial.

    “…inside the kingdom of night, I witnessed a strange trial. Three rabbis—all erudite and pious men—decided one winter evening to indict God for allowing his children to be massacred. I remember: I was there, and I felt like crying. But nobody cried.”Report

  2. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Man, this was most excellent, JL.Report