by Elie Wiesel
(Bantam, 1982; Hill and Wang, 2006)
Wiesel is probably the best known of all writers on the Holocaust. Night, his first books, is a memoir of his experiences as a young boy whose adolescence was marred by the nightmare of the Nazis' arrival in Transylvania (now part of Romania). He and his family were deported to a concentration camp. Wiesel lost both his parents and sister. This is a masterful book that Lawrence Langer (in The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination) has said "drew this portion of history into the unlimited aspirations of literary art, and gave it resonance and universality which only imaginative literature could achieve."