The Or­der of the Day

The Week (US) - - Arts 23 - By Éric Vuil­lard (Other Press, $22)

Ger­many’s 1938 an­nex­a­tion of Aus­tria was not the friendly unit­ing of sis­ter na­tions it was pre­sented as, said Mal­colm Forbes in the Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune. The novel that last year won France’s Prix Gon­court chron­i­cles the un­fold­ing of a catas­tro­phe “in tiny yet well-paced steps.” Author Éric Vuil­lard tells the story through a series of nar­ra­tors and vi­gnettes, il­lu­mi­nat­ing the bribery, co­er­cion, and fak­ery that pro­vided Hitler an early tri­umph in his cam­paign to re­make Europe.

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