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In the Memory of the Forest

Even in the days after the collapse of Communism, the Poland of Charles Powers' novel is an "old country in an old Europe", a place that harbours the stories and secrets of a complex, tortured history. When a young farmer named Leszek starts looking into the unexplained murder of a childhood friend in his small hometown of Jadowia, he is led into a dark terrain where difficult truths of war crimes committed by his own family start to surface. It's a complex, literary detective story, rendered in precise, jewel- like prose. Powers, who died in 1996, knows whereof he speaks: a journalist for the Los Angeles Times for more than twenty years, he served as the paper's Eastern European bureau chief from 1986-1991.

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