By Peter Matthiessen
A haunting and stark novel, In Paradise was predicted by author Peter Matthiessen to be his “last word.” Sadly, he was right — Matthiessen succumbed to leukemia on Saturday, April 5. Inspired by Matthiessen’s own time at a Zen retreat at the Nazi death camp, the story centers around Celements Olin, an American scholar of Polish descent who attends a spiritual retreat at Auschwitz 1996 with 140 other people. During his stay, both political and religious tensions rise and Olin is forced to consider his own heritage in this passionate, powerful account.
Out: April 8