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When a stranger with unusual manners is murdered for his unflattering and insightful illustrations, a government report writer and concentration camp survivor writes an official, whitewashed account of the incident while secretly penning the truth in a parallel narrative.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, c2009
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780307390752
Branch Call Number: F CLA NVD
Characteristics: 313 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Cullen, John 1942-


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gabrielo May 16, 2014

A masterpiece!

librarylizzard Jan 14, 2014

I picked this book up after liking the quirky mystery of the author's most recent novel, "The Investigation". This was not quite as offbeat; instead it was much darker in tone and theme. The main character, Brodeck, is entrusted with writing the account of a town tragedy of which he was not a part, and there is much more at stake than he realizes. He looks back on his experience in a WW2 camp as the story progresses, and so the book swiches between depressing past and depressing present. Not a feel-good book, but not bad if you're looking for something different.

Oct 02, 2012

With characters that are familiar to anyone who has ever flipped through an Asterix comic book, and a degree of contagious self-righteousness that is so seemingly casual, and therefore ultimately horrifying, this is a book that stays with you long after you put it down. The scary thing is, you can watch the news and see traces of the same kind of evil xenophobic justification every day.

alleycat Feb 18, 2011

Rarely does a novel reach such a level of excellence as this - I do believe it's the closest a novel can come to perfection! Wonderful, wonderful read!

smc01 Feb 16, 2011

This is a disturbing and powerfully written novel about the cruelty of mankind, the horrors of war, and the ability of groups to justify their inhumanity.

Mar 13, 2010

powerful adult fairy-tale about man's inhumanity to man. fabulous piece of writing.

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