ῴ Popular online Lumen (Martin Bora) torent Ὼ ePUB By Ben Pastor ‣ ῴ Popular online Lumen (Martin Bora) torent Ὼ ePUB By Ben Pastor ‣ Mixing elements of a psychological thriller and an existential meditation, Pastor s debut follows a German army captain and a Chicago priest as they investigate the death of a nun in Nazi occupied Poland Mother Kazimierza s alleged power to see the future has brought her a devoted following her motto, Lumen Christi Adiuva Nos light of Christ, succor us , gives the novel its title In October 1939, Captain Martin Bora discovers the abbess shot dead in her convent garden Father Malecki has come to Cracow at the pope s bidding, to investigate Mother Kazimierza s powers Now the Vatican orders him to stay and assist in the inquiry into her killing Meanwhile, the Germans are consolidating their hold on their Polish territory, dispossessing farmers, beating civilians and forcing Jews into labor gangs Though stunned by the violence of the occupation and by the ideology of his colleagues, Bora never deviates from his Prussian duty After three months, two suicides, much detective work and some speculation about Catholicism and faith, choice and chance, good and evil, Bora and Malecki discover the true story of the abbess s death, which implicates Bora s fellow army officers Pastor s examination of Bora and his colleagues illuminates the many contradictions of life in the service of a criminal state The narrative s explications of Catholic belief and theology defy readers to reconcile faith, or inner light lumen of any kind, with the realities of the Nazi regime Pastor s plot is well crafted, her prose sharp, but her novel is meant to be than light entertainment She raises again the questions recently posed by Bernhard Schlink s The Reader how can art explore the human side of a victimizer without seeming to forgive the unforgivable Pastor s disturbing mix of detection and reflection is a provocative though not definitive answer Sept Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.Lumen is a work of promise and fulfillment A mystery, it rivets the reader until the end and beyond, with its twist of historical realities A historical piece, it faithfully reproduces the grim canvas of war A character study, it captures the thoughts and actions of real people, not stereotypes The novel s fulfillment is itself the promise is of works to come B.N Peacock, The Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, Sunday August 8, 1999Ben Pastor is a marvelous writer with a knack for just the right detail, just the right turn of phrase This harrowing story of darkness and light earns the beauty of its title Bret Lott, author of Jewel, The Hunt Club, and Reed s BeachEqual parts wartime political intrigue, detective story, psychological thriller and religious mystery, Ben Pastor s debut is a literary page turner of the first rank Brilliantly crafted as a narrative puzzle, unflinching in its investigation of the warring impulses of the human character, Lumen resembles a jewel catching a magnifying light with each of its perfectly chiseled facets The result is a novel of dazzling luminosity and profound darkness Pastor s German Army captain and the deadly riddles that propel him through occupied 1939 Poland are as real to me now as any pages from history Ellen Lesser, author of The Shoplifter s Apprentice and Blue StreakPastor s plot possesses a mainspring that uncoils with irresistible force The story reminds me of The Name of the Rose, because it features a cloistered Christian order, and murders whose solution lies, partly, in a sleuthing through linguistic clues But Lumen offers much , as well, imagining a young German officer in occupied Poland during WWII, thrust into the intersecting vortices of a pair of urgent mysteries for which he was not trained but for which, it turns out, he is uniquely qualified One of Pastor s many startling accomplishments here is to render this man, Bora, as simultaneously cutthroat in pursuit of Hitler s expansionist aims and consistently humane in his choices and concrete leanings within the situation that presents itself Lumen succeeds on all levels a magnificent achievement Christopher Noel, author of Spoils and In the Unlikely Event of a Water Landing A Geography of Grief Lumen (Martin Bora)

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