In the Memory of the Forest

In the Memory of the Forest

A Novel

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
A murder forces Leszek, the narrator, and his small Polish village to confront troubling questions about the community, its tragic past, the Holocaust, retribution, forgiveness, and personal identity. A first novel. 12,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
When the body of Tomek Powierza, a young distillery worker, is found in the forest outside Jadowia, Leszek, a young farmer, seeking to expand his family's holdings, decides to uncover the truth surrounding the death. Meanwhile, Communism has receded from Europe; and Poland, like other countries, is struggling to rebuild its economy and society. Against this backdrop of a culture in transition Leszek becomes an amateur sleuth, gathering clues. His investigation leads him to confront the former state apparatchiks and the Church's pious and impotent priests. A series of strange thefts - stones from the foundations of old houses - may or may not be connected to Tomek's murder. As Leszek moves closer to the truth he realizes that larger forces - ancient prejudices and blood feuds - are ultimately at the root of this mystery. He recognizes, too, that the answer to the puzzle will be found in the dark woods that sprawl beyond the town, where the past and the present come together in the novel's surprising and powerful climax.

& Taylor

When his boyhood friend is found murdered on the outskirts of Jadowia, Poland, Leszek decides to investigate on his own and is drawn into the secrets of the town's past

Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, c1997
ISBN: 9780684830308
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 25 cm


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