Brodeck

Author:   Philippe Claudel ,  John Cullen
Publisher:   Anchor Books
ISBN:  

9780307390752


Pages:   313
Publication Date:   13 July 2010
Format:   Paperback
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A powerful and moving novel about the ravages war and the need to tell the truth, even in the face of adversity. After the close of a great war, a mysterious stranger arrives in a small European village. He is an artist and he begins sketching the villagers, showing the painful reality of the crimes and betrayals the war left in its wake. Consumed by distrust, the villagers conspire and murder him. The authorities commission Brodeck, a timid, low-level bureaucrat, to write a report that essentially whitewashes the incident. Brodeck agrees to write the official account, but he simultaneously sets down his version of the incident in a parallel narrative, which interweaves his own horrific experiences as a prisoner of war, the truth about the stranger's disappearance, and the dark secrets the villagers have fought fiercely to keep hidden.

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Author:   Philippe Claudel ,  John Cullen
Publisher:   Anchor Books
Imprint:   Anchor Books
Dimensions:   Width: 13.40cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 20.50cm
Weight:   0.259kg
ISBN:  

9780307390752


ISBN 10:   0307390756
Pages:   313
Publication Date:   13 July 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained
The supplier is currently out of stock of this item. It will be ordered for you and placed on backorder. Once it does come back in stock, we will ship it out for you.
Language:   English & French

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Arrives like a fresh, why-haven't-we-known-him discovery, revealing Philippe Claudel<br>to be as dazzling on the page as he is on the screen. -- The New York Times<br> <br> Extraordinary. . . . [A] modern masterpiece. -- The Independent , London <br> <br> A haunting, intensely claustrophobic allegory about intolerance, trauma and guilt. -- San Francisco Chronicle<br> <br> A layered recollection of wartime crimes, atrocities, cowardice, and betrayal. -- The Boston Globe<br><br> Claudel's insightful prose, translated gracefully by John Cullen, renders the tale both literary and deeply philosophical. --Washington City Paper<br> <br> This is a remarkable novel, all the more so because this account of man's inhumanity to man, of coarse and brutal stupidity, of fear and surrender to evil, is nevertheless not without hope. Brodeck survives because, despite all he has experienced, he remains capable of love. It is also beautifully written. --The Scotsman <br> <br> This novel, like the brothers Grimm fables, is full of terror, horror, and beauty and wonder. --Publishers Weekly <br> <br> Philippe Claudel is at the peak of his art as a storyteller and portrait-painter. <br>--Elle (France)<br> <br> It is a relentless, uncomfortable book that achieves a beauty of its own through Claudel's deft writing and passionate commitment to truth. --The Times, London <br>


Arrives like a fresh, why-haven't-we-known-him discovery, revealing Philippe Claudel to be as dazzling on the page as he is on the screen. --The New York Times Extraordinary. . . . [A] modern masterpiece. --The Independent, London A haunting, intensely claustrophobic allegory about intolerance, trauma and guilt. --San Francisco Chronicle A layered recollection of wartime crimes, atrocities, cowardice, and betrayal. --The Boston Globe Claudel's insightful prose, translated gracefully by John Cullen, renders the tale both literary and deeply philosophical. --Washington City Paper This is a remarkable novel, all the more so because this account of man's inhumanity to man, of coarse and brutal stupidity, of fear and surrender to evil, is nevertheless not without hope. Brodeck survives because, despite all he has experienced, he remains capable of love. It is also beautifully written. --The Scotsman This novel, like the brothers Grimm fables, is full of terror, horror, and beauty and wonder. --Publishers Weekly Philippe Claudel is at the peak of his art as a storyteller and portrait-painter. --Elle (France) It is a relentless, uncomfortable book that achieves a beauty of its own through Claudel's deft writing and passionate commitment to truth. --The Times, London


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Philippe Claudel is the author of many novels, among them By a Slow River, which was awarded the Prix Renaudot and the Elle Readers' Literary prize, Brodeck, which won the Prix Goncourt des Lyc ens, and La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh. Each of these novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. Claudel also wrote and directed the film I've Loved You So Long starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein, which opened in movie theaters in the United States in the fall of 2008 and in thirty other countries around the world.

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