To Antoine

To Antoine

by E. J. Wiens
To Antoine

To Antoine

by E. J. Wiens




Peter Enns, facing judgement as a war criminal, relives his childhood and youth in a Mennonite village during the Stalinist terrors, then his early manhood among genocidal Nazis, his decade-long sojourn among refugees in the Paraguayan Chaco, and finally his troubled success as a father and teacher in Canada. While he awaits his fate he struggles with his judgement upon himself, haunted by looming figures from his Mennonite past, by memories of his lost loves in war-torn Europe, by past encounters with a Guarani friend in Paraguay and an unlikely affinity with his Jewish friend in Canada, and by his strained relations with his daughter. And above all, by the shrouded presence of Antoine, his mentor and idol during his youth and early manhood.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988099333
Publisher: Gelassenheit Publications
Publication date: 02/20/2022
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Erwin J. Wiens was born in Edmonton and grew up on a farm in the Niagara fruit belt. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, he spent two years in Newfoundland where, in the late 1960s, the National Film Board and Memorial University had launched a pilot project using film in community development. He received his MA from the University of Waterloo and his doctorate from the University of Ottawa, followed by teaching positions in English Literature at Queen's University, the University of Ottawa, and Heritage College in Gatineau, Quebec. Some of his poems have appeared in Queen's Quarterly and Bridges: An Ottawa Anthology. In 1990, he toured the Soviet Union, where he visited the former Mennonite colonies in southern Ukraine, distant relatives east of the Urals, and two elderly survivors of the gulag.

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