The Testament (Wiesel novel)

Le Testament d'un poète juif assassiné (1980),[1] translated into English as The Testament (1981)[2] is a novel by Elie Wiesel. The Testament, to be followed by The Fifth Son, and The Forgotten mark a thematic change in Elie Wiesel's telling of the Holocaust and its aftermath as Wiesel moves into telling the story of three children of the survivors.[3] The novel takes the form of the memoirs of a Russian Jewish poet, Paltiel Kossova, whose idealism leads him to turn from his Jewish religious heritage towards communism.[4] The novel won the Prix du Livre Inter, and Prix des Bibliothécaires, Prix Interallie 1980 and was nominated for the Prix Concourt.

The Testament
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First US edition
AuthorElie Wiesel
PublisherÉditions du Seuil
Summit Books (US)
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
AwardsPrix du Livre Inter (1980)
ISBN978-2-02-005457-7 (Seuil)
Preceded byThe Oath 
Followed byThe Fifth Son 


  1. ^ Paris: éditions du Seuil, 1980 ISBN 2-02-005457-4
  2. ^ Summit, 1981 ISBN 0-8052-1115-2
  3. ^ Sanford V. Sternlicht Student Companion to Elie Wiesel 2003 0313325308 p.97 "The Testament, The Fifth Son, and The Forgotten represent a chronological and thematic change in what might be called Elie Wiesel's multivolume epic of the Holocaust. With the advent of the 1970s and in these novels, Wiesel turns his attention to "the birth and growth of the second generation of survivors" (D. Stern 1990, 63) as well as to the cold war and the plight of Jews in the Soviet Union."
  4. ^ CS Monitor 1981 From Wiesel, an eloquent, transfixing parable; The Testament, by Elie Wiesel. Translated from the French by Marion Wiesel.