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A Jew must die /
Jacques Chessex ; translated from the French by W. Donald Wilson.
imprint
London : Bitter Lemon Press, 2010.
description
92 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
1904738516 (pbk.), 9781904738510 (pbk.)
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imprint
London : Bitter Lemon Press, 2010.
isbn
1904738516 (pbk.)
9781904738510 (pbk.)
general note
Translation of: Un juif pour l'exemple.
catalogue key
7162273
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2010-02-15:
Those interested in Nazi activity in neutral Switzerland during WWII will best appreciate this slight novella from Prix Goncourt winner Chessex (The Vampire of Ropraz). In April 1942, in the small market town of Payerne, an anti-Semitic pastor incites a band of local Nazis "to set an example for Switzerland and for the Jewish parasites on its soil." National Movement leader Fernand Ischi and his thugs target a representative Jew, cattle-dealer Arthur Bloch, whose murder will make a fine birthday present for Adolf Hitler. While this book generated controversy in Switzerland, where the country's role in WWII is still a sensitive issue, U.S. readers will find that it falls short of, say, Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird and other works that view the Holocaust through isolated instances of violence. Chessex (1934-2009), who was born in Payerne, was also an essayist, poet, and painter. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Guardian UK, February 2010
Publishers Weekly, February 2010
Booklist, April 2010
ForeWord Magazine, July 2010
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
On April 16, 1942, a few days before Hitler's birthday, a handful of Swiss Nazis in Payerne lure Arthur Bloch, a Jewish cattle merchant, into a stable and kill him. Fernand Ischi, leader of the local Nazi cell, uses Bloch's murder as an example, a foretaste of what is to come once the Nazis take over Switzerland.
Main Description
April 1942 - Europe is in flames, but the people of Payerne, Swtizerland, are more concerned with unemployment and local bankruptcy than the fate of nations across the border. Until, that is, a handful of local Nazis lure Arthur Bloch - a Jewish cattle merchant - into a stable and kill him with an iron bar. Based on a true story of political murder in 1940s Switzerland, Chessex' novel is a riveting read.
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Praise for A Jew Must Die : Chessex, our new Flaubert, has no equal when describing horror without flinching, screaming sotto voce and exploring guilt in taut prose. Le Nouvel Observateur A masterpiece. Beauty of the world, ubiquity of evil, God's silence, all there, delivered like a slap to the face. Le Point A great author explores a nightmare not as anachronistic as it might appear. A novel based on a true story.On April 16, 1942, a handful of Swiss Nazis in Payerne lure Arthur Bloch, a Jewish cattle merchant, into an empty stable and kill him with a crowbar. Europe is in flames, but this is Switzerland, and Payerne, a rural market town of butchers and bankers, is more worried about unemployment and local bankruptcies than the fate of nations across the border. Fernand Ischi, leader of the local Nazi cell, blames it all on the town's Jewish population and wants to set an example, thinking the German embassy would be grateful. Ischi's dream of becoming the local gauleiter is shattered, however, when the milk containers used to dissimulate Bloch's body parts is discovered floating in a lake nearby, leading to his arrest.Jacques Chessex , winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, is one of Switzerland's greatest authors. He knew the murderers, went to school with their children, and has written a terse, implacable story that has awakened memories in a country that seems to endlessly rediscover dark areas of its past.
Main Description
Praise for A Jew Must Die : 'Chessex, our new Flaubert, has no equal when describing horror without flinching, screaming sotto voce and exploring guilt in taut prose.' - Le Nouvel Observateur 'A masterpiece. Beauty of the world, ubiquity of evil, God's silence, it's all there, delivered like a slap to the face.' - Le Point 'A great author explores a nightmare not as anachronistic as it might appear.' - L'Hebdo A novel based on a true story. On April 16, 1942, a handful of Swiss Nazis in Payerne lure Arthur Bloch, a Jewish cattle merchant, into an empty stable and kill him with a crowbar. Europe is in flames, but this is Switzerland, and Payerne, a rural market town of butchers and bankers, is more worried about unemployment and local bankruptcies than the fate of nations across the border. Fernand Ischi, leader of the local Nazi cell, blames it all on the town's Jewish population and wants to set an example, thinking the German embassy would be grateful. Ischi's dream of becoming the local gauleiter is shattered, however, when the milk containers used to dissimulate Bloch's body parts is discovered floating in a lake nearby, leading to his arrest. Jacques Chessex, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, is one of Switzerland's greatest authors. He knew the murderers, went to school with their children, and has written a terse, implacable story that has awakened memories in a country that seems to endlessly rediscover dark areas of its past.
Main Description
Praise for A Jew Must Die : "Chessex, our new Flaubert, has no equal when describing horror without flinching, screaming sotto voce and exploring guilt in taut prose." -Le Nouvel Observateur "A masterpiece. Beauty of the world, ubiquity of evil, God's silence, it's all there, delivered like a slap to the face." - Le Point "A great author explores a nightmare not as anachronistic as it might appear." - L'Hebdo A novel based on a true story. On April 16, 1942, a handful of Swiss Nazis in Payerne lure Arthur Bloch, a Jewish cattle merchant, into an empty stable and kill him with a crowbar. Europe is in flames, but this is Switzerland, and Payerne, a rural market town of butchers and bankers, is more worried about unemployment and local bankruptcies than the fate of nations across the border. Fernand Ischi, leader of the local Nazi cell, blames it all on the town's Jewish population and wants to set an example, thinking the German embassy would be grateful. Ischi's dream of becoming the local gauleiter is shattered, however, when the milk containers used to dissimulate Bloch's body parts is discovered floating in a lake nearby, leading to his arrest. Jacques Chessex , winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, is one of Switzerland's greatest authors. He knew the murderers, went to school with their children, and has written a terse, implacable story that has awakened memories in a country that seems to endlessly rediscover dark areas of its past.
Main Description
Praise for A Jew Must Die : “Chessex, our new Flaubert, has no equal when describing horror without flinching, screaming sotto voce and exploring guilt in taut prose.” -Le Nouvel Observateur “A masterpiece. Beauty of the world, ubiquity of evil, God’s silence, it’s all there, delivered like a slap to the face.” - Le Point “A great author explores a nightmare not as anachronistic as it might appear.” - L’Hebdo A novel based on a true story. On April 16, 1942, a handful of Swiss Nazis in Payerne lure Arthur Bloch, a Jewish cattle merchant, into an empty stable and kill him with a crowbar. Europe is in flames, but this is Switzerland, and Payerne, a rural market town of butchers and bankers, is more worried about unemployment and local bankruptcies than the fate of nations across the border. Fernand Ischi, leader of the local Nazi cell, blames it all on the town’s Jewish population and wants to set an example, thinking the German embassy would be grateful. Ischi's dream of becoming the local gauleiter is shattered, however, when the milk containers used to dissimulate Bloch's body parts is discovered floating in a lake nearby, leading to his arrest. Jacques Chessex , winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, is one of Switzerland’s greatest authors. He knew the murderers, went to school with their children, and has written a terse, implacable story that has awakened memories in a country that seems to endlessly rediscover dark areas of its past.
Main Description
The murder of a Jewish merchant in Switzerland during WWII told in a haunting novel.

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