Truth is scattered into many kinds of dust

The Order of the Day Eric VuillardWritten with devastating and biting honesty, the brevity and precision of this French ‘récit’, which is filled with moments of irony, farce and anecdote against the backdrop of the Third Reich, belie the breadth it covers and the power of its impact.

It’s an excellent place to begin to unravel the burning question we so often ask ourselves about how humanity could have allowed an atrocity like the Holocaust to happen.

‘Truth is scattered into many kinds of dust,’ opens one chapter, but Éric Vuillard has managed to gather that dust back together to allow us to ask ourselves the follow-up question: could it happen again?