The Order of the Day
by Eric Vuillard Mark Polizzotti
✅ Editor: Pan Macmillan
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Emerging in its English translation in a time of political turmoil, with incredible parallels for those that describes you, Eric Vuillard Prix Goncourt-winning novel arrives on a wave of European critical acclaim. Told in staccato bursts and combining expertly researched real events with imagined details, offers a unique and disturbing perspective on those who led Germany’s sad descent into war, and the cool resonance of those moments today. The winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt Eric Vuillard of the exciting novel The Order of the Day tells the story of a meetings that have taken place between the European powers in the path towards the second World War. What emerges is a fascinating and incredibly moving account of the failure of diplomacy, broken relationships, and the catastrophic impulse that has led to the conflict. The titans of German industry set to prosper under the Nazi government – come together to give their support to Adolf Hitler. The Austrian Chancellor realizes too late that he has wandered into a trap, as Hitler delivers an ultimatum that will lay the groundwork for Germany, the annexation of Austria. Winston Churchill joins, Neville Chamberlain, for a farewell lunch in honour of Joachim von Ribbentrop: German Ambassador in England, soon to be Foreign Minister of the Nazi government, and the future of the accused at Nuremberg. Suffused with dramatic tension, this unforgettable novel tells the tragic story of how the actions of a few powerful men brought the world to the brink of war.
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