The Mountain Clinic by Harold Hoefle
Finalist for The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2009
The Mountain Clinic traces the life of Walter Schwende, a Scarborough boy who seeks out his past in travel. He lives with Czech refugees in a Vancouver rooming-house, then works in a northern mining town, later settling on a Nicaraguan coffee farm. He ends up as a college teacher in Montreal, where he tries to imagine what life in his family’s native home of Austria might have been like. This becomes an obsession that finally takes him back to Europe.
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