Baring his heart and soul

Interwoven with Elie Wiesel’s experience of undergoing heart surgery and the period of his recovery is his meditation on life and death

By MIRIAM KATES LOCK
March 11, 2013 11:55
4 minute read.
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Through his talent with the written word, Elie Wiesel bared the stark truth about the horrors of the Holocaust to the world years before most other writers even tried. Now he has written an account of a different sort of ordeal.

Open Heart is a slim book, only 79 pages – a short memoir for a man who has published some 50 fiction and nonfiction books. While the title refers to Wiesel’s opening his heart to the reader, it also has a more literal implication: the open-heart surgery that the author underwent in 2011 at the age of 82.

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