'This extraordinary novel … deeply wise and classically beautiful … is a modern masterpiece' Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph.
'The novel transforms modern history into a fable that merges Kafka and the Grimms' Boyd Tonkin, Independent.
'This triumph of a book serves as an unsettling reminder that there are no fairy tales and there are certainly no heroes' Buzz.
'The novel's quiet beauty and scenes of extreme poignancy make it resonate beyond its pages' Daily Telegraph.
'A magnificent book' Le Monde.
'Original, brilliant and disturbing... a journey that goes to the heart of what it means to be human' Ruth Scurr, the Times.
From the Inside Flap
From his village in the mountains, Brodeck makes his solitary journeys to collect data for reports on every aspect of the natural environment, occasionally submitting these to a distant Administration. Day by day he reconstructs his own life, all but lost in the years that he spent away from his family in a camp during the war. When he returns to the village, he finds his name on the war memorial. No-one expected to see him again. Only the love he cherished for his beloved Emélia has kept him alive. The gossamer calm he has contrived is disturbed when, out of the blue, he is called upon by the Mayor to write a very different report: a detailed account of the atrocious death of the Anderer - the “other one”, the outsider who arrived on horseback a few months earlier and settled with his extravagant chattels in a room above the inn. At first welcomed as a portent of the village's recovery after the war, the stranger's flamboyance and eccentricity are viewed with increasing suspicion. His insights into the villagers' characters prove all too perceptive. With the utmost reluctance, Brodeck begins to investigate the incident. His shrewd interrogation of everyone in the village creates a record not only of the murder, but of Brodeck's own past and survival too, of his family and his place in the village. Set in the uncertain borderland between France and Germany just after the Second World War, where the dialect is like “a springy fabric” to be “stretched in every direction”, Brodeck's Report is an extraordinarily powerful, brilliantly imagined and surprisingly - given its archaeology of the souls of evil men - beautiful novel. It explores the limits of humanity, the nature of intolerance and the relationship between outsider and established community, and it does so in a narrative of exceptional fascination.
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