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The order of the day /

by Vuillard, Éric; Polizzotti, Mark.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Picador, 2018Description: 128, [2] p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781529001471.Uniform titles: Ordre du jour. English.Subject(s): Austria -- History -- 1938-1945 -- Fiction | Austria -- History -- Anschluss, 1938 -- Fiction | Historical fictionAwards: Prix Goncourt 2017.Summary: February 20, 1933: during a harsh Berlin winter, a meeting of German captains of industry and senior Nazi dignitaries is being held in secret in the Reichstag. They are there to raise funding for the accession to power of the National Socialist Party and its fearsome Chancellor. This inaugural scene sets the tone of consent which will lead to the worst possible repercussions. March 12, 1938: the annexation of Austria is on the agenda and a grotesque day ensues that is intended to make history: the newsreels capture for eternity a motorized army, a terrible, inexorable power. But behind Goebbels's propaganda, it is an ersatz Blitzkrieg which unfolds, the Panzers breaking down en masse on the roads of Austria. The true behind-the-scenes story of the Anschluss - a patchwork of minor shows of strength and fine words, a string of fevered telephone calls and vulgar threats - reveals a starkly different picture: it is no longer strength of character or the determination of a people that wins the day, but rather a combination of intimidation and bluff. With this fictionalized history the author warns against the perils of blind acquiescence, and offers a reminder that, ultimately, the worst is not inescapable. List(s) this item appears in: ACT/Bissell Summer 2019
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Translation of: L'ordre du jour (Arles : Actes Sud, 2017)

February 20, 1933: during a harsh Berlin winter, a meeting of German captains of industry and senior Nazi dignitaries is being held in secret in the Reichstag. They are there to raise funding for the accession to power of the National Socialist Party and its fearsome Chancellor. This inaugural scene sets the tone of consent which will lead to the worst possible repercussions. March 12, 1938: the annexation of Austria is on the agenda and a grotesque day ensues that is intended to make history: the newsreels capture for eternity a motorized army, a terrible, inexorable power. But behind Goebbels's propaganda, it is an ersatz Blitzkrieg which unfolds, the Panzers breaking down en masse on the roads of Austria. The true behind-the-scenes story of the Anschluss - a patchwork of minor shows of strength and fine words, a string of fevered telephone calls and vulgar threats - reveals a starkly different picture: it is no longer strength of character or the determination of a people that wins the day, but rather a combination of intimidation and bluff. With this fictionalized history the author warns against the perils of blind acquiescence, and offers a reminder that, ultimately, the worst is not inescapable.

Prix Goncourt 2017.

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