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A Mad Desire to Dance

Elie Wiesel

A searing exploration of a man haunted by the horrors of the twentieth century, a man who feels he must be going mad but who finds a way out of the darkness. Doriel is a European transplanted to New York who carries with him a profound sense of desperation and loss. His mother, a resistance leader, survives the war but dies in a car crash with her husband soon afterward. Doriel's longing for his parents, and a longing to know his family's secrets, haunts him and denies him the chance for happiness or intimacy with women. The intense study of Judaism offers him no solace; to the contrary, he comes to believe he is haunted by a dybbuk. His visits to Israel land him in anti-Zionist enclaves where only the coming of the Messiah is important. A child during the war, all he knows of the Holocaust comes from movies, newsreels, and books. But it is enough. Five years of psychoanalysis brings him to a crossroads. Finally he comes to grips with his mother's secret -- a wartime affair -- and the process triggers in him a new understanding that only love can heal the most intimate of wounds.

A searing exploration of a man haunted by the horrors of the twentieth century, a man who feels he must be going mad but who finds a way out of the darkness. Doriel is a European transplanted to New York who carries with him a profound sense of desperation and loss. His mother, a resistance leader, survives the war but dies in a car crash with her husband soon afterward. Doriel's longing for his parents, and a longing to know his family's secrets, haunts him and denies him the chance for happiness or intimacy with women. The intense study of Judaism offers him no solace; to the contrary, he comes to believe he is haunted by a dybbuk. His visits to Israel land him in anti-Zionist enclaves where only the coming of the Messiah is important. A child during the war, all he knows of the Holocaust comes from movies, newsreels, and books. But it is enough. Five years of psychoanalysis brings him to a crossroads. Finally he comes to grips with his mother's secret -- a wartime affair -- and the process triggers in him a new understanding that only love can heal the most intimate of wounds.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A searing exploration of a man haunted by the horrors of the twentieth century, a man who feels he must be going mad but who finds a way out of the darkness. Doriel is a European transplanted to New York who carries with him a profound sense of desperation and loss. His mother, a resistance leader, survives the war but dies in a car crash with her husband soon afterward. Doriel's longing for his parents, and a longing to know his family's secrets, haunts him and denies him the chance for happiness or intimacy with women. The intense study of Judaism offers him no solace; to the contrary, he comes to believe he is haunted by a dybbuk. His visits to Israel land him in anti-Zionist enclaves where only the coming of the Messiah is important. A child during the war, all he knows of the Holocaust comes from movies, newsreels, and books. But it is enough. Five years of psychoanalysis brings him to a crossroads. Finally he comes to grips with his mother's secret -- a wartime affair -- and the process triggers in him a new understanding that only love can heal the most intimate of wounds.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Bramhall, Kirsten Potter

Length:

9h 56m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:50


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:59


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:22


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:37


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:55


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:49


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:42


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:55


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:06


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:50


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:49


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:53


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:58


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:13


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:39


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:38


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:24


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:28


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:43


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:12


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:13


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:06


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:22


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:20


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:52


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:49


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:12


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:19


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:55


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:17


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:45


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

00:51