In Paradise

In Paradise

A Novel


Read by: Mark Bramhall

Format
Audiobook Download – Unabridged
Price
$29.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Audiobook Download – Unabridged
  • ISBN 9780698164918
  • 6:35:00 Duration
  • Penguin Audio
  • Adult

Overview

A profoundly searching new novel by a writer of incomparable range, power, and achievement.

In the winter of 1996, more than a hundred women and men of diverse nationality, background, and belief gather at the site of a former concentration camp for an unprecedented purpose: a weeklong retreat during which they will offer prayer and witness at the crematoria and meditate in all weathers on the selection platform, while eating and sleeping in the quarters of the Nazi officers who, half a century before, sent more than a million Jews to their deaths. Clements Olin, an American academic of Polish descent, has come along, ostensibly to complete research on the death of a survivor, even as he questions what a non-Jew 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 pretense to healing or closure. Finding himself in the grip of emotions and impulses of bewildering intensity, Olin is forced to abandon his observer’s role and to embrace a history his family has long suppressed—and with it the yearnings and contradictions of being fully alive.

In Paradise is a brave and deeply thought-provoking novel by one of our most stunningly accomplished writers.
In Paradise

In Paradise

Peter Matthiessen, Read by: Mark Bramhall

Praise

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

NEWSROOM

4/10/14

Peter Matthiessen, award-winning author of more than 30 books, world-renowned naturalist, explorer, Buddhist teacher, and political activist, died on Saturday (4/5/14) after an illness of some… Read more >

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