In Paradise: A Novel

In Paradise: A Novel

by Peter Matthiessen


$14.40 $16.00 Save 10% Current price is $14.4, Original price is $16. You Save 10%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, November 20


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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594633522
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,166,838
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Peter Matthiessen was the only writer to win the National Book Award for fiction and nonfiction. A cofounder of The Paris Review, he was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of its William Dean Howells Award, among many other honors. He was also a world-renowned naturalist, explorer, activist, and Buddhist teacher. He died in 2014, just before publication of In Paradise, in the home on Long Island’s South Fork where he had lived for more than sixty years. 

Read an Excerpt


Excerpted from "In Paradise"
by .
Copyright © 2015 Peter Matthiessen.
Excerpted by permission of Penguin Publishing Group.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Praise for In Paradise
“Poetic and scarifying…Like the rest of Matthiessen’s vast body of work, In Paradise leads us into questions that define our most profound mysteries.” —The Washington Post
“The conflict between the drama of the self and its surrender in the shadow of the Holocaust is Matthiessen’s bold subject…Powerful.” —The New York Review of Books
“A deeply intelligent study of Holocaust remembrance…bleakly funny…[and] eloquent.” —The Wall Street Journal

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

In Paradise: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smoothly written account of an American visiting Auschwitz with a meditative group, emphasizing the motivation of or effect on the many characters. A gentle addition to the holocaust genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love_d More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I am a fan of the author and was excited to hear of a new release. The premise of a retreat at a concentration camp is a little bizaare...but genius. The feelings exhibited throughout the book are deep and genuine. Many times I think I would feel the same. To bring together a wide variety of characteristics in such place was brillantly done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not get this book to print on my 1st generation Nook e-Reader, could not access beyond page 7. Publisher said they would correct the problem, but it has not occurred .