“HUMAN SUFFERING ANYWHERE CONCERNS MEN AND WOMEN EVERYWHERE”: Rare First Edition of La Nuit; Signed by Elie Wiesel
WIESEL, Elie; Preface by Francois Mauriac.
Item Number: 26032
Paris: Les Editions De Minuit, 1958.
First French edition (preceding the first English edition) of the Wiesel’s classic first work. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Elie Wiesel on the title page. In near fine condition with some light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Preface by Francois Mauriac. Rare and desirable.
"If only I could get rid of this dead weight. Immediately I felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever" wrote Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel in reference to his dying father. Night relays Wiesel's experience as a prisoner in the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944-1945. Wiesel witnessed the inversion of convention and destruction of values. He writes, "here there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends everyone lives and dies for himself alone." "To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record" (Alfred Kazin).