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By Juan Cole
Peter Matthiessen’s final novel, set in 1996, is inspired by the author’s participation in a Zen retreat at the site of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp.
The American who won awards for such books as “The Snow Leopard” and “Shadow Country,” co-founded literary magazine The Paris Review and was involved in the CIA’s Cold War propaganda effort died of leukemia in Long Island, N.Y., on Saturday.
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