• Title: Lumen
  • Author: Ben Pastor
  • ISBN: 9781904738695
  • Page: 333
  • Format: ebook
  • Lumen Pastor s plot is well crafted her prose sharp A disturbing mix of detection and reflection Publishers Weekly A mystery it rivets the reader until the end and beyond with its twist of historical rea
    Pastor s plot is well crafted, her prose sharp A disturbing mix of detection and reflection Publishers Weekly 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 Pastor s plot is well crafted, her prose sharp A disturbing mix of detection and reflection Publishers Weekly 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 Free Lance StarPart wartime political intrigue, detective story, psychological thriller, and religious mystery, Ben Pastor s debut follows a German army captain and a Chicago priest as they investigate the death of a nun in Nazi occupied Poland.In October 1939 Captain Martin Bora discovers the abbess, Mother Kazimierza, shot dead in her convent garden Her alleged power to see the future has brought her a devoted following her work and motto, Lumen Christi Adiuva Nos Light of Christ, help us , appear also to have brought some enemies.Father Malecki has come to Cracow, at the pope s bidding, to investigate Mother Kazimierza s powers The Vatican orders him to stay and assist Bora in the inquiry into her killing Stunned by the violence of the occupation and the ideology of his colleagues, Bora s sense of Prussian duty is tested to the breaking point The interference of seductive actress Ewa Kowalska does not help matters.Ben Pastor, born in Italy, has lived for thirty years in the United States, working as a university professor in Vermont She is the author of other novels, including The Water Thief and The Fire Walker St Martin s Press.

    One Reply to “Lumen”

    1. La mia prima lettura thriller ambientata in un periodo storico che in genere apprezzo molto, quello della seconda guerra mondiale. Con la precisione siamo nell’ottobre del 1939 nella Cracovia occupata da poco dalle truppe tedesche: Martin Von Bora, giovane capitano della Wehrmacht, occupato nelle operazioni belliche, viene anche incaricato di indagare sulla morte di Madre Kazimierza, badessa venerata dalla popolazione come una santa capace di operare miracoli. Coadiuvato nelle indagini da padr [...]

    2. Set just after the German invasion of Poland in 1939, this is a well written, intelligent thriller. Captain Martin Bora is a young officer who wants to make his mark, while being uncomfortable about many of the things he witnesses and also takes part in. The author makes us both aware of Bora's complicity and yet also his humanity. "His eyes burned and ached with smoke, and he wouldn't wipe them for fear of appearing moved, because he wasn't," as one passage puts it so well. His troubled encount [...]

    3. Having read and really liked the first two of Pastor's Roman mysteries, I read this installment in her Martin Bora series. Although not as impressed by this series as by the former, I still found this novel to be well worthwhile. Well plotted and well written, this one concerned a Wehrmacht captain in Intelligence, Martin Bora, during the Nazi occupation of Poland. The story begins in late fall 1939, when Captain Bora is called by his then-superior to investigate the death of an abbess, Mother K [...]

    4. This is one of the oddest and most engrossing novels I've read in a while. In one sense it's a crime novel/mystery, with not one but two homicides to investigate, and two different killers. In another sense it's a war novel, being set not long after the 1939 invasion of Poland by the Nazis. Added to which there are subtexts that seem to be ruminating on matters like the relative, subjective nature of good and evil.A visionary abbess has been killed in Cracow, and the Nazis occupiers are concerne [...]

    5. Lumen è il primo romanzo di una serie scritta dalla scrittrice italoamericana Maria Verbena Volpi (pseudonimo Ben Pastor), con protagonista il capitano della Wehrmacht Martin Bora. Non mi piacciono le letture seriali, ho voluto provare a vedere come era questo giallo tra virgolette, di cui mi era stato parlato bene.Giallo tra virgolette perché la trama gialla è fiacca e non coinvolge, le indagini riguardano l’assassinio di una suora, la madre superiora di un convento di Cracovia trovata mor [...]

    6. The problem I had with this book was the fact that mystery wasn't really that mysterious and the character of Bora himself. While the book would be interesting because of a man's disenchantment or realization of what the Nazis are, this idea is subdued in the character. There really isn't much sense of conflict within the character.Also distracting from the mystery is the fact that the Nazis apparently talked about sperm alot.Alot.So much so.The writing in terms of description and word choice is [...]

    7. The key figure in Ben Pastor’s excellent historical mystery LUMEN seems to be a murdered nun. Mother Matka Kazimierza was not just any nun. Known as the “Holy Abbess,” Kazimierza was considered a visionary who could supposedly predict the future. In early October, 1939 her body is found in a convent in Cracow, Poland by a German officer who was surreptitiously meeting with her as he tried to cope with the approaching death of his four year old son. The Germans were slowly wrapping up contr [...]

    8. Lumen is an interesting book. It is a novel of crime fiction, but the actual crimes and their solutions tend to take a back seat to the main character, Captain Martin Bora of the Wehrmacht Intelligence division. Bora is recently arrived in Cracow, just after the German army has invaded Poland, and finds himself involved in an unusual case involving the Abbess Kazimierza, a nun who supposedly has prophetic powers and who at times bears the stigmata. He had seen her before her death when he would [...]

    9. Congratulations to the publisher for reissuing this fine novel and making it available to a new readership. When I read the first Martin Bora novel some years ago, I was really impressed and looked forward to more of the series. The series is available in Italian, French, German, Dutch, Polish and other languages but up to now not in English, the language the books were originally written in! In Lumen Pastor has created a wonderful evocation of a time and a place, Krakow and its hinterland short [...]

    10. Nell'imbarazzo della scelta fra tutti i libri che ho in casa o sul Kindle, non sapevo che pesci pigliare, e così ecco che ho preso in mano uno degli ultimi acquisti, che aveva attirato la mia attenzione qualche mese fa quando se ne era parlato nel gruppo " Italia". Questo nonostante Lumen, di Ben Pastor, sia il primo di una serie di gialli, e io sono un po' "stanca" di queste innumerevoli serie con detective/commissari/marescialli della più varia estrazione come protagonisti (poi magari, alla [...]

    11. Set in the months following the German invasion of Poland in 1939, this first book in the Martin Bora series follows a Captain in the Intelligence arm of the German army who is tasked with solving the murder of a famous Polish nun in Cracow (aka Krakow). He's given a sidekick or sorts, in the form of a visiting Catholic priest from Chicago, who has been sent by the Vatican to write a report about the nun as a possible candidate for sainthood. Meanwhile, he must also deal with the odious womanizi [...]

    12. Church vs. State? Not really. Similar basic beliefs, but strongly different areas of sensitivity, although both were quite sensitive and both really felt strongly antagonized by the lack of prioritized concern for other people in the line of fire, so-called! But, who killed the Abbess and for goodness sakes, why! All of a sudden priest and Wehrmacht captain are collaborating on a murder in Poland. And as situations become clearer, a few other situations come to light including more deaths. Very [...]

    13. A WWII German officer investigates a death in a convent and the suicide of a colleague.I found this book very patchy, some of the scenes describing the casual violence of war were interesting, but the writing was slow / long winded and the multiple storylines all seemed to fizzle out with unoriginal / unconvincing crime solutions.

    14. An oddly compelling crime noir in which the psychology of the protagonist gets more attention than the crime(s)

    15. E' il 1939 e la Germania ha appena occupato la Polonia, dando il via alla Seconda Guerra Mondiale.In questa situazione politica così grave, Madre Kazimierza, badessa portatrice di stigmate e profetessa, viene uccisa all'interno del suo stesso convento.Le indagini sono svolte dal Capitano Bora, di cittadinanza statunitense, ma appartenente ai servizi segreti tedeschi.Bora è un personaggio ben delineato: cattolico, serio, affidabile, sincero, ma anche duro nell'eseguire gli ordini.Ma sono le pri [...]

    16. Absolutely brilliant. This steady, quite well-paced "detective" story set in Krakow in the early months of the Nazi-occupation, moves on at an almost leisurely pace, never plodding or wandering. Our hero, the German officer, Martin Bora, is a very human, but also efficient, individual who is asked to investigate the murder of a Polish nun, a strong candidate for sainthood. In this he is "assisted" (albeit often in an almost conflicting relationship) by Father Malecki. Bora's life is made more co [...]

    17. Just started this historical crime novel about the murder of Mother Superior Maria Kazimierza in Prague in the wake of German invasion in September 1939. So far I am very impressed. Though slow in pacing, the writing is good and the novel promises satisfying depth and character development. Already I am pleased to learn there are subsequent novels in the series published in English.Captain Martin Brora is a rather stiff young Wehrmacht Intelligence officer assigned to the case, who must work wit [...]

    18. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading "Lumen." I knew it was a mystery, but a rather interesting one: taking place in Cracow, Poland in 1939, shortly after the German invasion. The protagonist is Captain Martin Bora, a German Army officer recently seconded to military intelligence. He soon finds himself investigating the death of Mother Kazimierza, a Polish abbess who allegedly saw visions of the future. To complicate matters even more, Captain Bora finds himself witness to an atro [...]

    19. Lumen, in originale "Lumen" è un romanzo della scrittrice italo-americana Ben Pastor, edito nel 1999 e in Italia nel 2001. E' il primo libro del ciclo dedicato al personaggio ricorrente di Martin Bora, ufficiale dell'esercito tedesco durante la Seconda guerra mondiale. Sullo sfondo dell'occupazione nazista della Polonia narra un'indagine per omicidio condotta dal maggiore Bora con l'aiuto di padre Malecki, sacerdote americano di origine polacca. Lumen è un sostantivo latino che come ricorda la [...]

    20. Lumen is a competently written police procedural, well contextualised within the opening few months of the Second World War. It is effectively a coming of age tale. Bora is from a wealthy, well-positioned Prussian family. Whilst he has little sympathy for the Polish, prepared to harass them and kill their livestock, he has a sense of morality that stops well short of open murder. As time moves on, he comes to see the Nazi regime for what it is and struggles to challenge the actions of his comrad [...]

    21. Libro scelto dal gruppo di lettura per aprile 2014 Finito. Un libro veramente scritto bene, storicamente ben ambientato. Ottimo strumento di riflessione.Ho trovato il libro veramente bello. Ambientato in un periodo tra i più oscuri per quanto riguarda la storia europea, Bora si rivela essere un soldato tedesco che mette in discussione gli ordini ricevuti e che non permette a nessuno, neanche dietro più o meno velate minacce, di impedire alla verità di venir fuori. Un soldato che prima di tutt [...]

    22. This is the start of a detective series in which intelligence officer Martin Bora is the main character. We are introduced to him during the German takeover of Poland during 1941. He is investigating the death of the most reverend Mother Kazimierzka who suffered from (or was blessed to have) the stigmata in her flesh and the ability to predict with a fair amount of accuracy events to come. Bora is a new "hot-shot" detective with a very keen mind and sense of justice. Although he is a German offi [...]

    23. Although there is definitely a mystery or two to solve in this book, it's much more about the main character, Captain Martin Bora of the Wehrmacht in the German Armyd what goes on in his head. Bora is ordered to investigate the death of the Abbess while at the same time keeping up with his other duties. During the investigation Bora deals with many different personalities, such as Father John Malecki, a priest from Chicago who has his own demons to deal with.The author brings a lot of the sadnes [...]

    24. Zanimljiv povijesni roman u kojem se isprepliću dvije detektivske priče. U središtu radnje su mladi Wehrmacthov časnik Bora i svećenik Malecki koji, igrom slučaja, zajedno istražuju ubojstvo predstojnice katoličkog samostana u Poljskoj i samoubojstvo časnikovog kolege.Ovo je djelo više od krimi/povijesnog romana jer je naglasak radnje stavljen na odnos časnika i svećenika, odnosno na preispitivanje vrijednosti i rušenje ideološke zadojenosti kod mladog časnika koji je sve više š [...]

    25. 1939 Cracow, the Nazis are moving in, and it is a difficult time in Poland. Difficult for the Polish citizens and for the young, idealistic, German army captain, Martin Bora.Local abbess and mystic, Mother Kazimierza, is shot dead in her convent garden and Bora is sent to investigate. Father John Malecki from Chicago has been investigating at the request of the Vatican, Mother Kazimierza’s visions. Together Captain Bora and Father Malecki must solve the murder all the while navigating the shif [...]

    26. Re-reading for the Mystery Book Group discussion for August 2011.First time I recall reading a book with the 'hero' an intelligence officer with the German Wehrmacht in Poland in 1939. Usually they are the villains. Bora is paired with a Chicago priest sent by the Pope to investigate an abbess at a convent in Cracow who has visions and stigmata. I'm really enjoying this book. Finished the book and it was an amazing read. It was a psychological pull and tug all the way through. Two deaths to be i [...]

    27. I had high expectations about this book. I was sort of expecting the "good German" siding against the Nazis and practicing GOOD. But - though it is well written and a thriller - I am not sure I liked so much the personality of the main character. I enjoyed much more the straightforwardness of the Priest Malecki felt sorry for Martin Bora when he feels tortured ethically, but was horrified by his indifference when he comes across his old Piano teacher being forced to carry incredibly heavy stones [...]

    28. Non mi ha soddisfatta appieno La narrazione procede con scarti temporali a volte confusiglio non leggere neppure le date ad inizio di passaggio temporale. Il protagonista resta comunque sfuggente, nonostante le spiegazioni finali sulla sua genesi annotate dall'autore. Tutto considerato, però, la trama complessiva dei due enigmi che vengono descritti e sciolti da Martin Bora è intrigante e invita alla lettura. Interessante anche l'ambientazione e il ritratto sociologico del mondo miliziano tede [...]

    29. *** Attenzione: di seguito anticipazioni sulla trama ***a leggerlo come un giallo ci si può anche innervosire. Chi indaga è un giovane ufficiale della Wehrmacht. Come cavolo si fa a identificarsi con un uomo dei servizi segreti tedeschi nella Polonia dell'autunno 1939,tra colate di sangue e sopraffazioni umane di ogni genere? Io, per età e formazione non posso.Come romanzo di formazione di un giovane che scopre il male nei valori in cui crede funziona meglio, ma non è del tutto originale (qu [...]

    30. Una gran novela negra, con una ambientación histórica muy buena. Más que la investigación en sí, lo que destaca sobre todo es como el protagonista, Martin Bora, un joven oficial alemán con una carrera muy prometedora en el Servicio de Inteligencia, ve como su rígidos valores morales y su deseo de justicia se ven enfrentados sin solución a la maquinaria destructiva nazi. Como un joven ingenuo, orgulloso y convencido de que el sistema funciona, ve como todo su mundo perfecto es hecho pedaz [...]

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