The Accident

The Accident

by Elie Wiesel

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A young journalist steps off a curb and into the path of a speeding taxicab. Is it an accident? Or has a tormented past driven Eliezer, a survivor of the German death camps, to attempt suicide? Gravely injured, torn between choosing life and death, Eliezer relives the horrors of Auschwitz, remembers the tragedy of a child forced into prostitution by the Nazis, and puzzles over his passionate affair with a beautiful woman he cannot love. Told with the true voice of a witness, The Accident portrays one man's quest to understand the catastrophe that befell him, his family, and his people.

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ISBN-13: 9780380010042
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/1981

About the Author

With his powerful memoir Night, Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) put a face to the Holocaust, relating the horrors and inhumanity he experienced in Nazi concentration camps as a teenager. Published in 1955, Night is the first book in a trilogy and is followed by Dawn and Day, which document Wiesel’s life both during and after the Holocaust. Wiesel wrote more than fifty books in all and spent his life crusading against injustice around the globe. An esteemed activist, orator, and teacher, Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

September 30, 1928

Place of Birth:

Sighet, Romania


La Sorbonne

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Day 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
MsNikki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The worst book in the trilogy. No need to rehash how much I disliked it, or its predecessor.He could have done better. However I plan to re-read it, eventually.
ctpress on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A strong - but very sad - ending of Wiesels trilogy (Night, Dawn, Day). A Holocaust-survivor reflects about his life as he is in the hospital trying to recover from a car-accident that nearly killed him. Three persons try to help him - a doctor, his fiance/lover/friend and a hungarian painter. And we get glimpses of his past experiences/memories/dreams. He reflects about life and death, the distant silent God, his inability to love, his desire to die, the emptiness of life - his soul died in the nazi-camps - is it at all possible for him to return to life and to love again? The question is a hard one, and by the end of the book there is mostly despair - the tears in the end...a lament? A turning point?
wikiro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I Didn't like his writing style to begin with in Night, yet it still was a good book. Then he tries fiction and really takes the cake with failure. I just didn't think Weisel really knew what to write when he put this book together. He tries to repeat lines to make it seem enforcing, but only comes off trying to make a another book with tons of filler. I know I use to write like him in 6th grade. He's not an author in my view, but a raconteur of past experiences. That is why this book fails in its attempt at provoking any kind of realism or manifest emotions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A captivating story of the internal struggle to forgive oneself for living.
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donnareads911 More than 1 year ago
What a load of crap! A disjointed, fragged hodge podge of past/present/and kind of future. Beautiful words, but they didn't take me anywhere except - blessedly -another book. Wiesel might be the messenger of the Jewish dead, but this book can be returned to the sender.