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Brodeck

A Novel

by Phillipe Claudel

Brodeck
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2009, 336 pages
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    Jul 2010, 336 pages

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Micah Gell-Redman

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Kristallnacht
While Philppe Claudel makes no explicit references to any historical event, a number of them clearly influenced his novel. A particularly poignant example comes when Brodeck is forced to flee the city where he attends university because nationalist thugs respond to a popular protest by smashing store fronts and savagely beating anyone who looks like they don't belong. There is an obvious parallel to the infamous events of Kristallnacht, a touchstone in the progression toward the Nazi murder of the Jews.

When Hitler occupied the chancellorship of Germany in 1933, he did so as head of a National Socialist party that shared anti-communist and anti-Semitic rhetoric with a number of other political movements in Europe. The difference between the Nazis and their counterparts would ultimately be that the former remained wedded to an inherently violent ethno-national world view as they rose to dizzying heights of power. As this fatal combination of fundamentalism and ...

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