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The order of the day

By: Vuillard, Eric Polizzotti, Mark(Translated by)

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1509889973 / 9781509889976
Paperback
843.92
03/10/2019
Published 03/10/2019
England
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20 cm 160 pages
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Reprint. This translation originally published: 2018.

'A thoroughly gripping and mesmerising work of black comedy and political disaster' - GuardianWinner of the 2017 Prix GoncourtEric Vuillard's gripping novel The Order of the Day tells the story of the pivotal meetings which took place between the European powers in the run-up to World War Two.

What emerges is a fascinating and incredibly moving account of failed diplomacy, broken relationships, and the catastrophic momentum which led to conflict. The titans of German industry - set to prosper under the Nazi government - gather to lend their support to Adolf Hitler.

The Austrian Chancellor realizes too late that he has wandered into a trap, as Hitler delivers the ultimatum that will lay the groundwork for Germany's annexation of Austria.

Winston Churchill joins Neville Chamberlain for a farewell luncheon held in honour of Joachim von Ribbentrop: German Ambassador to England, soon to be Foreign Minister in the Nazi government, and future defendant at the Nuremberg trials. 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.

BIC:

1D Europe, 3JJG c 1918 to c 1939 (Inter-war period), FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), FHP Political / legal thriller, FV Historical fiction

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