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Even Darkness Sings: From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: Finding Hope and Optimism in the Saddest Places on Earth

Even Darkness Sings: From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: Finding Hope and Optimism in the Saddest Places on Earth

by Thomas H. Cook


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A memoir of a lifetime's adventure to some of the darkest places on earth—and the first work of nonfiction from this award-winning crime novelist.

Thomas Cook has always been drawn to dark places, for the powerful emotions they evoke and for what we can learn from them. These lessons are often unexpected and sometimes profoundly intimate, but they are never straightforward.

With his wife and daughter, Cook travels across the globe in search of darkness—from Lourdes to Ghana, from San Francisco to Verdun, from the monumental, mechanised horror of Auschwitz to the intimate personal grief of a shrine to dead infants in Kamukura, Japan. Along the way he reflects on what these sites may teach us, not only about human history, but about our own personal histories.

During the course of a lifetime of traveling to some of earth's most tragic locals, from the leper colony on Molokai to ground zero at Hiroshima, he finds not only darkness, but a light that can illuminate the darkness within each of us. Written in vivid prose, this is at once a personal memoir of exploration (both external and internal) and a strangely heartening look at the radiance and optimism that may be found at the very heart of darkness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643133478
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Thomas H. Cook is best known as a hugely popular crime novelist. He is the winner of the Edgar Award for The Chatham School Affair and has been shortlisted for the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger and the Anthony Award. He divides his time between Cape Cod and Los Angeles. This is his first work of nonfiction.

Table of Contents

Prologue: By Way of the Alcázar 1

Lourdes 12

Auschwitz 26

Snapshot: Cosenza 46

Kalaupapa 50

Verdun 67

Snapshot: Nadi, Fiji 84

Kamakura 92

Machecoul 104

Snapshot: Granada 118

Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires 123

The Forest and the Bridge 137

Snapshot: Adanwomase 156

Okinawa/Hiroshima 166

New Echota 192

Snapshot: Kumasi 211

Monte Sano Mountain/Copenhagen Harbour/Landet Churchyard/Pére Lachaise/Verona 217

Elmina 232

Snapshot: Phu Quoc 252

Melos/Kampot/Krong Kep/Saigon 256

Snapshot: Alice Springs 275

Deny/Londonderry 281

Ground Zero 295

Wieliczka 306

Choeung Ek/Tuol Sleng 316

Snapshot: Tangiers 326

Martha's Vineyard 333

Snapshot: Place de Grève 347

The Case for Darkness: An Itinerary 356

Selected Bibliography 367

Acknowledgements: 375