Books: Moral Madness

ELIE WIESEL: MESSENGER TO ALL HUMANITY by Robert McAfee Brown Notre Dame; 244 pages; $16.95

In The Possessed, Dostoyevsky offers a characteristic irony: "I have a plan—to go mad." That remark is a motto of one of his literary heirs, Elie Wiesel. A survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Wiesel has long been recognized as a visionary, reading symbols in the charred remains of the Holocaust. But it is Wiesel the artist who commands the attention of Theologian-Critic Robert McAfee Brown. In Messenger to All Humanity, Brown provides the best introduction to the score of works that have made Wiesel a leading...

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