Open Heart

Open Heart


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A profoundly and unexpectedly intimate, deeply affecting summing up of life so far, from one of the most cherished moral voices of our time.
Eighty-two years old, facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Elie Wiesel reflects back on his life. Emotions, images, faces, and questions flash through his mind. His family before and during the unspeakable Event. The gifts of marriage, children, and grandchildren that followed. In his writing, in his teaching, in his public life, has he done enough for memory and for the survivors? His ongoing questioning of God—where has it led? Is there hope for mankind? The world’s tireless ambassador of tolerance and justice gives us a luminous account of hope and despair, an exploration of the love, regrets, and abiding faith of a remarkable man.

Translated from the French by Marion Wiesel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805212587
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 472,893
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

ELIE WIESEL was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The author of more than fifty internationally acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, he was Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and University Professor at Boston University for forty years. Wiesel died in 2016.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

September 30, 1928

Place of Birth:

Sighet, Romania


La Sorbonne

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“A successful husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and writer, [Mr. Wiesel] is an asset to humankind. He has turned despondency into a message of approval and optimism…Mr. Wiesel packages equal parts beauty and astonishing description in an impossibly concise manner. Few authors have possessed such capacity for succinctness and brevity with magnificent dexterity.”
-NY Journal of Books

“An absorbing, clear-eyed reflection on [Wiesel’s] own mortality and a candid account of a life lived…Open Heart is Wiesel at his most vulnerable and his most determined, and his thoughts and ideas have never been so lucidly conveyed.”
-The Rumpus

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Open Heart 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The voice from one of the most moral and important voices of our time.
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SBD46 More than 1 year ago
Who among us doesn't need to forgive and be forgiven. Elie Wiesel shows us how with an amazing spirit of generosity and forgiveness. Gratitude for family and everyday life is the true reward of life.
alyssama121 More than 1 year ago
Open Heart is an intimately honest account of Wiesel’s feelings and thoughts during a time when he wasn’t sure if he was going to live or die. As he faces his own mortality, he reflects on his choices and his conflicting emotions regarding God and his place in the world. I was moved by the memoir. It’s simple and short, but contains a depth of emotion. I especially appreciated reading Wiesel’s regrets for not doing more and his ongoing questioning of religion. Even Wiesel, who has done so much, wants to do so much more with his life. It was nice to see even Wiesel questioning his choices, but it was also wonderful to see how he always turned to what gave him joy and what he thought were his successes. This book was quite comforting in that. I’m sure all of us could think back to things we wish we had done differently, or things we wish we understood better, but in the end, we can always turn to the things that we take joy and pride in. Overall, this is a comforting memoir that shows just what it means to be faced with uncertainty. If you are at all a fan of Wiesel and his work, this is well worth the read.
duchenf More than 1 year ago
A great man and a great writer. 
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Debi3735 More than 1 year ago
I loved this super quick read, about 2 hrs of your life, for such a great book totally worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heart-rending and insight account. In a world where humans are losing faith in humanity, Elie Wiesel's account in this book comes as a welcome relief. Not only is it very informative and educative, it is very insightful and well-written as well. Like in Disciples of Fortune, the lesson for humanity here is big.
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DrumMajor4Justice More than 1 year ago
Looking back on his life, facing his own mortality, this amazing man wonders if he has done enough in his life to honor those who were victims of  one of the most horrific events humankind has ever experienced. This and every book he has written are treasures, honoring & remembering both victims and survivors of the Holocaust. My answer to his wondering whether he has done enough: His life is a dedication to justice; he has left an imprint upon the world that reflects this.
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Michele528 More than 1 year ago
Generally I enjoy his books. This was just OK. I guess because I was an ICU RN and worked with open heart surgery, I did not find the story as compelling as others might.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i found this book to be only fair. I would have found his life before the heart problem much more interesting than after.
Mirasol More than 1 year ago
I must buy this book! With my imagination, as I read the excerpt, his words painted a clear picture.
Doremus More than 1 year ago
It's a shame Elie Wiesel has such a blind spot when it comes to Israel's dispossession and oppression of Palestinians. He says Jerusalem is "above politics" which is outrageous whether or not he said it out of naivete, ignorance or deliberate racism
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi this a book about monkeys save a polar bear
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sowwy...i had to do some chores
Darth-Vader More than 1 year ago
Who cares?