In the Memory of the Forest

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Set in a small Polish village, this novel revolves around the aftermath of a violent death in the hushed woods beyond the town. It tells of one town, one death and one man's tireless search for the truth, presenting a portrait of contemporary Poland and the secrets which lie buried in its history.

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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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Set in a small Polish village, In the Memory of the Forest revolves around the aftermath of a violent death in the hushed woods beyond the town. As events unfold and the dark, brooding forest yields history's footsteps, one man's tireless search for the truth forces the community to confront long-suppressed memories - of evil and corruption dating back to the communist era and beyond to the German occupation during the war.

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