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In Paradise

By Peter Matthiessen

The bestselling final novel by a writer of incomparable range, power, and achievement, a three-time winner of the National Book Award.

Peter Matthiessen was a literary legend, the author of more than thirty acclaimed books. In this, his final novel, he confronts the legacy of evil, and our unquenchable desire to wrest good from it.

One week in late autumn of 1996, a group gathers at the site of a former death camp. They offer prayer at the crematoria and meditate in all weathers on the selection platform. They eat and sleep in the sparse quarters of the Nazi officers who, half a century before, sent more than a million Jews in this camp to their deaths. Clements Olin has joined them, in order to complete his research on the strange suicide of a survivor. As the days pass, tensions both political and personal surface among the participants, stripping away any easy pretense to resolution or healing. Caught in the grip of emotions and impulses of bewildering intensity, Olin is forced to abandon his observer’s role and to bear witness, not only to his family’s ambiguous history but to his own.

Profoundly thought-provoking, In Paradise is a fitting coda to the luminous career of a writer who was “for all readers. He was for the world” (National Geographic).

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Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9781594633171


Format: Book
Author: Matthiessen, Peter
Summary: "From the two-time National Book Award winning author of The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country, a short, powerful novel about an American professor of Holocaust Studies who, over the course of a weeklong spiritual retreat at Auschwitz, is forced to grapple with his own past and a family secret: the Jewish mother abandoned to her doom by his Gentile father"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: In paradise / Peter Matthiessen.
Publisher Date: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
Subject: Teachers -- Fiction. Jewish women -- Fiction. Family secrets -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781594633171 (hardback) 1594633177 (hardback)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 7
Call Number: F Matthiessen
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Bib Id: 509426

Format: Book
Author: Matthiessen, Peter.
Summary: "From the two-time National Book Award winning author of The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country, a short, powerful novel about an American professor of Holocaust Studies who, over the course of a weeklong spiritual retreat at Auschwitz, is forced to grapple with his own past and a family secret: the Jewish mother abandoned to her doom by his Gentile father"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: In paradise / Peter Matthiessen.
Publisher, Date: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
Description: 246 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Teachers -- Fiction.
Subjects: Jewish women -- Fiction.
Subjects: Family secrets -- Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
LCCN: 2013046176
ISBN: 9781594633171 (hardback)
ISBN: 1594633177 (hardback)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 7
Call Number: F Matthiessen