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The Testament: A novel

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  108 ratings  ·  7 reviews
On August 12, 1952, Russia's greatest Jewish writers were secretly executed by Stalin. In this remarkable blend of history and imagination, Paltiel Kossover meets the same fate but, unlike his real-life counterparts, he is permitted to leave a written testament. From a Jewish boyhood in pre-revolutionary Russia, Paltiel traveled down a road that embraced Communism, only to ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 27th 1999 by Schocken (first published January 1st 1980)
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After Elie Wiesel's memoir, Night, stripped my teeth of all of their enamel, I swore I'd never read a book of his again.

Yet, a few months ago, I found myself at the estate sale of a highly literate Jewish man, a man older than Wiesel himself, and I was confronted with a box of books by Elie Wiesel. My inner Jew whispered, "How can I deny this man, despite the places he takes me?"

No, I can not turn my back on you, Mr. Wiesel, no matter how uncomfortable you make me. No matter that you take me th
Patrice Miller
A story that weaves through the major chapters of mid-twentieth century Europe - the pogroms of Russia, the socialist and Communist revolutions, the rise of the Third Reich and Hitler, the dark storm of the Second World War. Wiesel's use of meta-narrative allows exponential reflections of characters' morals, ethics, and stories to occur, and it's quite lovely. Characters all wrestle with spirituality, and Wiesel's comparison of Messianic Judaism with communism, is a brilliant and sometimes painf ...more
This is a phenomenal book. For the first time I felt like I understood why communism took root in Russia and why the Jews embraced it. It treks across the beginning of the Soviet Union, into Berlin at the time Marxism was being embraced, the rise of Hitler, Paris, Spain and ultimately back to the Soviet Union. The combination of words and depth of feeling take you on a unforgettable journey. And yes, in the end, we see the final evil of Stalin. Russian pogroms, Hitler’s extermination, Spain’s fi ...more
Sabine Webb
Soul crushing book, so well written with the testament parallel to son's story
too many characters that i don't know... it's like reading the author's journal/diary, only too personal to be share... too confusing about who is who and what's been done or was about to...
Beth Shields-Szostak
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Eliezer Wiesel is a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He is the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.

Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "
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