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The Oath

by Elie Wiesel

ISBN 0394487796 / 9780394487793 / 0-394-48779-6
Publisher Random House
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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When a Christian boy disappears in a fictional Eastern European town in the 1920s, the local Jews are quickly accused of ritual murder. There is tension in the air and a pogrom threatens to erupt. Suddenly, an extraordinary manMoshe the dreamer, a madman and mysticsteps forward and confesses to a crime he did not commit, in a vain attempt to save his people from certain death. The community gathers to hear his last wordsa plea for silenceand everyone present takes an oath: whoever survives the impending tragedy must never speak of the towns last days and nights of terror.

For fifty years the sole survivor keeps his oathuntil he meets a man whose life depends on hearing the story, and one mans loyalty to the dead confronts head-on anothers reason to go on living.

One of Wiesels strongest early novels, this timeless parable about the Jews and their enemies, about hate, family, friendship, and silence, is as powerful, haunting, and significant as it was when first published in 1973. [via]