'The order of the day' by Eric Vuillard
Dear friends and book lovers,
For the month of May, we will read 'The Order of the Day' by Eric Vuillard.
However, we will discuss the book on June 2nd... (and meet again on June 9th to discuss the book of June :) )
Originally titled 'L'ordre du Jour' and Winner of the Protected content Goncourt, this behind-the-scenes account of the manipulation, hubris, and greed that together led to Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria brilliantly dismantles the myth of an effortless victory and offers a dire warning for our current political crisis.
February 20, Protected content , an unremarkable day during a harsh Berlin winter: A meeting of twenty-four German captains of industry and senior Nazi officials is being held in secret in the plush lounge of the Reichstag. They are there to extract funds for the accession to power of the National Socialist Party and its Chancellor. This opening scene sets a tone of consent that will lead to the worst possible repercussions.
March 12, Protected content , the annexation of Austria is on the agenda: A grotesque day intended to make history—the newsreels capture a motorized army on the move, a terrible, inexorable power. But behind Goebbels’s splendid propaganda, an ersatz Blitzkrieg unfolds, the Panzers breaking down en masse on the roads into Austria. The true behind-the-scenes account of the Anschluss—a patchwork of minor flourishes of strength and fine words, fevered telephone calls, and vulgar threats—all reveal a starkly different picture. It is not strength of character or the determination of a people that wins the day, but rather a combination of intimidation and bluff.
With this vivid, compelling history, Éric Vuillard warns against the peril of willfully blind acquiescence, and offers a reminder that, ultimately, the worst is not inescapable.
Curious to find out more ? Read the book and join us for another one of our interesting discussions !
Even if you don't manage to read the book entirely, you remain more than welcome to take part in our talks !
Looking forward to welcoming you all at my home again for another wonderful discussion.
Should the weather turn out to be really lovely the days prior to our gathering, I will send all attendees on the list a proposal to meet in a nice outdoor setting (Park of Bois de la Cambre) so we can enjoy the sunshine ànd discuss books at the same time.
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