Cover of: In a dark wood | Marcel Möring

In a dark wood

1st ed.

Published by Harper in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

In a rich tapestry of styles, fantasy, and philosophical speculations, Marcel MOring leads us on a voyage through the dark heart of the twentieth century and through a vivid exploration of loss and guilt. Loosely based on Dante's Inferno, this ambitious and enthralling novel—an in-depth study of Europeans' angst and fear after the Holocaust—confirms MOring's place among "the ranks of the most important European writers of his generation" (Die Welt).1945. Jacob Noah emerges from hiding to discover that his family has perished under the Nazis. Rebuilding his life, Noah becomes a shoemaker in the Dutch town of Assen. Over the years, he patiently expands his business and eventually becomes the city's most influential entrepreneur. Yet success cannot alleviate his loneliness and suffering nor the tragedy of history.Nearly forty years later, this dispirited, loveless man veers off the road in a tragic accident. But instead of entering death's abyss, Noah finds himself on a journey through his soul. Guided by a peddler, he descends into the town's smoky center, a manmade hell reminiscent of Dante's Inferno. But it is not until he encounters a young man named Marcus Kolpa, a respected intellectual struggling with the implications of his Jewish identity and the shared history of his people, that Noah is able to truly understand the meaning of his own life and the tragedies he has experienced.

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
839.3/1364
Library of Congress
PT5881.23.O75 D5713 2010

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23218321M
Internet Archive
indarkwood00mori
ISBN 13
9780066212418
LC Control Number
2009017350
Library Thing
2596006
Goodreads
7093322
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