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The Testament

Wiesel, Elie

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ISBN 10: 0671448331 / ISBN 13: 9780671448332
Published by Summit Books, New York, 1981
Condition: g- to vg Hardcover
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Octavo. 346 (4)pp. Original illustrated dustjacket over black half cloth and paper-covered boards with white lettering on cover and spine. Tan textured endpapers. A novel, translated from the French by Marion Wiesel. "The Testament is a stunning work of history and imagination. The history: On August 12, 1952, Russia's greatest Jewish poets and novelists were executed by Stalin. They vanished without a trace; nothing is known of how they behaved in prison, what they told their interrogators, how they confronted their executioners. Stalin deprived them even of their deaths" (Publisher). Illustrated with one b/w map reflecting the travels of Paltiel Kossover. DJ with small closed tear and stain at top of front cover. DJ in overall good-, binding and interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 41039

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Title: The Testament

Publisher: Summit Books, New York

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g- to vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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Writing in prison, a Russian Jewish poet recounts the hopes, a frustrations, and ultimate futility of his attempt to reconcile the beliefs of his Jewish heritage and the communist ideal he has pursued

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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 return to Russia and discover a Communist Party that had become his mortal enemy. Two decades later, Paltiel's son, Grisha, reads this precious record of his father's life and finds that it illuminates the shadowed planes of his own.
Passionate and fierce, this story of a father's legacy to his son revisits some of the most dramatic events of our century, and confirms yet again Elie Wiesel's stature as "a writer of the highest moral imagination" ("San Francisco Chronicle).

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