The Sonderberg case : a novel

by Wiesel, Elie, 1928-2016

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "An old ex-Nazi falls to his death from a mountain in the Adirondacks. Accident? Suicide? Murder? His nephew, Werner Sonderberg, a young German student at New York University, pleads guilty and innocent. Is it possible to be both? Court reporter Yedidyah is the grandson of Holocaust survivors, and he is haunted by the big questions. Could I be the one in the dock? Could I possibly be the murderer of an old Nazi? And where was God in all this? From the first clear, simple sentence, melancholy hangs over the story, always permeating the author's voice. Along the way, though, there are some awkward notes. Despite the built-in suspense of a courtroom drama, the ruminations from the omniscient narrator and from a Jewish reporter get a little ponderous at times. In addition, a visit to Jerusalem seems uncomfortably welded onto the main story, adding only a superficial view of the contemporary Palestinian conflict. But the theme of the Jew today confronting his own family history remains powerful. There is no easy relativism. The climax, including the historical facts about the Holocaust and its gas chambers, destroys any nuances about Nazi guilt and innocence. And yet, the issues remain, urgent and contemporary: Is the Nazi's German grandson also a victim of the Nazi curse? And always the universal question: What would I have done? Personal and collective, it is all about guilt. Sure to be in demand for book groups.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Wiesel (Night) returns to the moral questions that characterize the post-WWII generation in this slim novel that is both overstuffed with plot and skimpy on motive. Yedidyah Wasserman, a well-regarded theater critic in New York City, is split between his parents' generation of Holocaust survivors and that of his sons, young American men who have chosen to move to Israel. Yedidyah imagines himself in the comfortable middle until he is called upon to cover the murder trial of a German expatriate. He is enthusiastic, but the trial is an unsettling opportunity for him to search the past and his family history, and also inexplicably angers his wife, Alika, a stage actress. The novel is told mostly via Yedidyah's personal reflections and each component of the story is so divorced from the next-there are no scenes, for instance, that show Yedidyah with more than one family member at a time-that it's difficult to assemble a larger view of his life. The ambitious scope of the story, spanning generations, is compelling, but limited by the novel's length. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Journalists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Jews -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Trials (Murder) -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :Alfred A. Knopf,2010
Edition 1st American ed.
Other Titles Cas Sonderberg.
Contributors Temerson, Catherine.
Language English
Description 177 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780307272201 (hardcover)
0307272206 (hardcover)
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