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).
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.16(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.66(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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“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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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 .