The Resource In paradise, Peter Matthiessen

In paradise, Peter Matthiessen

Label
In paradise
Title
In paradise
Statement of responsibility
Peter Matthiessen
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the late autumn of 1996, more than a hundred people gather at the site of a former death camp. Throughout that week, they offer prayer and witness 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 to their deaths in this single camp. These people are joined by Clements Olin, an American academic of Polish descent, there to complete his research on the strange suicide of a survivor, even as he questions what a non-Jew with no connection to its history can contribute to the understanding of so monstrous a catastrophe. As the days pass, tensions both political and personal surface among the participants, stripping away any easy pretence 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 as well
Summary
Joining a diverse group of visitors at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, Polish-American academic Clements Olin performs research while witnessing personal and political tensions erupting among his fellow participants
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Character
Award
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2014.
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10298041
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DLC
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Matthiessen, Peter
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Teachers
  • Jewish women
  • Family secrets
Target audience
adult
Label
In paradise, Peter Matthiessen
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Publication
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
246 p.
Isbn
9781925106046
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781925106046
Label
In paradise, Peter Matthiessen
Publication
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
246 p.
Isbn
9781925106046
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781925106046

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