Dawn Author:Elie Wiesel, Frances Frenaye (Translator) Two men wait through the night in British-controlled Palestine for dawn--and for death. One is a captured English officer. The other is Elisha, a young Israeli freedom fighter whose assignment is to kill the officer in reprisal for Britain's execution of a Jewish prisoner. Elisha's past is the nightmare m... more »emory of Nazi death camps. He is the only surviving member of his family. His future is a cherished dream of life in the promised homeland. But at daybreak his present will become the tortured reality of a principled man ordered to commit cold-blooded murder.
Resonant with feeling, Dawn is an unforgettable journey into the human heart--and an eloquent statement about the moral basis of the new Israel."« less
This short novel is compelling and haunting. The story of an 18 year old Jewish boy who survived the concentration camps and is now an executioner and terrorist and surprisingly human and empathetic. I challenge you to put the book down!
Set in the fight against England for freedom of the Jews in the Palestine, this is a portrait of a freedom fighter who is assigned to kill a hostage in retribution for the hanging of another fighter. As disturbing as his holocaust novellas.
I have fallen in love with Elie Wiesel's books. Even though I have only read two. Night is one of my all time favorite..this one comes in around the top 50! It amazes me how he can go through traumatic events and write about them with such demeanor. This book takes place in one night and ends at "dawn" which is the pivot point in the novel. I was so stunned at the ending for the simple fact that I thought that it would not end the way that it did. It is really an eye opener to see what the Holocaust and the after effects were like. I think everyone should at least read one Elie Wiesel's novel..they are in my opinion a novel that makes you think!