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In the Memory of the Forest

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ISBN10: 014027281x
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When the body of Tomek, a young distillery worker, is found brutally murdered in the forest outside Jadowia in Poland, his boyhood friend, Leszek, decides to uncover the mystery behind Tomek?s death. Assuming the role of amateur sleuth, Leszek embarks on a clue-finding mission that takes him from country to city, into the grimy offices of once-powerful bureaucrats, and face-to-face with the Catholic Church?s pious and impotent priests. And as Leszek moves closer to the truth, he is confronted with another strange mystery: the disappearance of stones from the foundations of the town?s oldest houses. The further Leszek is drawn into this mystery, the deeper into the past he must search for answers about his people, the grim tragedy of the Holocaust, and ultimately, his own identity. In the Memory of the Forest is a haunting, evocative novel that explores the impact of a murder on a community, and of history and the fate of the Jews in Poland during World War II on a people.

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This haunting, evocative novel explores the impact of a murder on a community, and the grim tragedy of history and the fate of Jews in Poland during World War II. "Superb".--"The New York Times Book Review".

About the Author

Charles T. Powers (1943-1996) was a journalist for The New York Times for more than twenty years. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, he served as the newspaper?s Eastern European Bureau Chief in Warsaw. For the last five years of his life, he lived in Bennington, Vermont, where he completed this novel.

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S.Elliott, May 4, 2010 (view all comments by S.Elliott)
This book is like molasses. Or like a Miramax film vying for an Academy Award for Best Picture — beautiful and evocative, but slow-moving toward its riveting denouement. The book is rich on atmosphere and the characters are fully-formed, the story is sweeping.

But it doesn’t have the break-neck speed of your average mystery novel. I think describing it as a mystery is misleading. It’s a multi-faceted piece of literature, with layers upon layers of story and history: Passion, guilt, cover-ups, Communism, redemption.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140272819
Author:
Powers, Charles T.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Powers, Charles
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Poland
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Poland History 1989- Fiction.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19980531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.88x5.08x.90 in. .73 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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