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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (233 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elie Wiesel Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the Nobel laureate and author of the masterly Night, a deeply felt, beautifully written novel of morality, guilt, and innocence.

Despite personal success, Yedidyah—a theater critic in New York City, husband to a stage actress, father to two sons—finds himself increasingly drawn to the past. As he reflects on his life and the decisions he’s made, he longingly reminisces about the relationships he once had with the men in his family (his father, his uncle, his grandfather) and the questions that remain unanswered. It’s a feeling that is further complicated when Yedidyah is assigned to cover the murder trial of a German expatriate named Werner Sonderberg. Sonderberg returned alone from a walk in the Adirondacks with an elderly uncle, whose lifeless body was soon retrieved from the woods. His plea is enigmatic: “Guilty . . . and not guilty.” 

These words strike a chord in Yedidyah, plunging him into feelings that bring him harrowingly close to madness. As Sonderberg’s trial moves along a path of dizzying yet revelatory twists and turns, Yedidyah begins to understand his own family’s hidden past and finally liberates himself from the shadow it has cast over his life.

With his signature elegance and thoughtfulness, Elie Wiesel has given us an enthralling psychological mystery, both vividly dramatic and profoundly emotional.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Elie Wiesel continues to be a voice of modern humanity’s conscience with his latest work, a beautifully layered book . . . [In The Sonderberg Case] the Nobel Laureate exploits his greatest strength: words beaming through the window that peers into the author’s soul.  For a brief moment of holy catharsis, we become Wiesel. Francis RTM Boyle, Time Out New York

  • From the first clear, simple sentence, melancholy hangs over the story, always permeating the author’s voice . . . The theme of the Jew today confronting his own family history remains powerful. Booklist
  • Wiesel’s latest novel is full of questions . . . Is Sonderberg guilty? The answer is satisfying if not surprising, a good description of this musing, almost fablelike work.             Library Journal
  • Ambitious . . . Compelling.             Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/19/2014

    " Guilty and not guilty. How can someone be both guilty and not guilty? How does one live inside quotation marks? We don't live in the past but the past lives in us. A very thoughtful read on guilt, innocence, morality, and the Holocaust. Eli once again gives us something profound. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michael Jenkins | 2/19/2014

    " I thought this book was very dull,it lacked the emotion that I thought it would have,judging by the synopsis. The characters were almost forgettable, between Yedidzah career path as a theater critic and him longing for the men that helped him, it was not anything to be excited. I understand what the author was trying to convey when there is a lifeless body found I was expecting something amazing but to no avail, it has grown stale. This was not what I expected,now I am going to have second thoughts before reading a book that "looks" good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tc Hartsock | 2/6/2014

    " Hard to follow at first....ends abruptly, but somewhere in the middle you become entranced... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cathy Ruehe | 1/28/2014

    " I think this is the first Elie Wiesel book I've read. Thought provoking. Interesting premise. Full of literary and philosophical references to illustrious writers (none that I've read). So, I felt a little out of my comfort zone. I did like the way his thoughts were so BIG, Are all his books like this? Heavy with deep meaning and moral dilemnas? "

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