Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Six top books on rural life

Tim Pears's novels include In the Place of Fallen Leaves (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award), In a Land of Plenty (made into a ten-part BBC series), Landed (shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2012 and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize 2011, winner of the MJA Open Book Awards 2011) and the West Country Trilogy.

At the Guardian, Pears tagged six of the best books on rural life, including:
Might the past lie longer in the country than the city, hidden but still toxic? The Memory of the Forest by Charles T Powers is set in a Polish village during the dismantling of communism. A young man’s body is found in a forest. The murdered victim’s friend, Leszek, decides to investigate. He uncovers the corruption and profiteering of bureaucrats and the paranoid suspicion created within a community by party informers. He follows the trail as it continues further into the past: the German occupation, Polish antisemitism, the villagers’ complicity in the disappearance of Jews. In a work of moral and lyrical intensity, the past rises out of hidden graves to shame the present.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue