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It is not enough merely to value Wiesel for the poignancy of his experience and thensummarily write him off as another "death of God" novelist. As bleak andnihilistic as some of his work may be, taken as a whole his writings are intenselytheological. The death of God is not of more interest to Wiesel than the impossibility ofGod's death. And if this paradox is bewildering, it must be remembered that the Hasidismin which Wiesel's work is rooted is fascinated, rather than repelled by a paradox. Wieselhimself says, "As for God, I did speak about Him. I do little else in my books."[] How Elie Wiesel speaks about God is the concernof this essay.

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