En tête-à-tête: Éric Vuillard - "The Order of the Day" - Alison James

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Éric Vuillard

Éric Vuillard discusses The Order of the Day. He will be joined in conversation by Alison James. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
 
 
At the Co-op
 
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About the book: Winner of the 2017 Prix 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, 1933, 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, 1938, 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.
 
About the author: Éric Vuillard is a writer and filmmaker born in Lyon in 1968 who has written nine award-winning titles, including Conquistadors (winner of the 2010 Prix Ignatius J. Reilly), La bataille d’Occident, and Congo (both of which received the 2012 Prix Franz-Hessel and the 2013 Prix Valery-Larbaud). He won the 2017 Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize, for L’Ordre du Jour. His most recent book, Sorrow of the Earth, was his first published in English; The Order of the Day is his second. He lives in Rennes, France.
 
About the interlocutor: Alison James is Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, and works on twentieth and twenty-first century French literature.
 
About the series: In collaboration with the University of Chicago Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores have launched the En tête-à-tête series, an author-centered series of readings and conversations on books in French language. En tête-à-tête series is a part of the Seminary Co-op French Corner project, supported by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.
 
Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637