July 13, 2010
July 13, 2010
Forced into a brutal concentration camp during a great war, Brodeck returns to his village at the war’s end and takes up his old job of writing reports for a governmental bureau. One day a stranger comes to live in the village. His odd manner and habits arouse suspicions: His speech is formal, he takes long, solitary walks, and although he is unfailingly friendly and polite, he reveals nothing about himself. When the stranger produces drawings of the village and its inhabitants that are both unflattering and insightful, the villagers murder him. The authorities who witnessed the killing tell Brodeck to write a report that is essentially a whitewash of the incident.
As Brodeck writes the official account, he sets down his version of the truth in a separate, parallel narrative. In measured, evocative prose, he weaves into the story of the stranger his own painful history and the dark secrets the villagers have vigilantly keep hidden.
Set in an unnamed time and place, Brodeck blends the familiar and unfamiliar, myth and history into a work of extraordinary power and resonance. Readers of J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, Bernhard Schlink’s The Reade,r and Kafka will be captivated by Brodeck.
In the years after World War II, a flamboyant artist arrives in a village on the Franco-German border, and then is brutally murdered. Brodeck, another foreigner, begins an investigation of the man's death, an investigation that threatens to conjure the lurking crimes and betrayals of the war, and Brodeck's own heartbreaking and grotesque experiences in the concentration camps. This mesmerizing novel by French novelist and filmmaker Philippe Claudel is filled with unresolved mysteries, shadowy ellipses, and beguiling metaphors, but it nevertheless provides a profound statement about the nature of atrocity, humanity, and love.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Holocaust, Human Qualities + Behavior, Settings, Literary, War + Military, Family + Friendship, Mystery + Crime
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Family + Friendship, Holocaust, Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary, Settings, War + Military, Mystery + Crime
- Language: English
- Author: Philippe Claudel
- Online Item #: 12288994
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-4437
- ISBN: 9780307390752
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported