Author(s): Jerome Ferrari
He was interned at Buchenwald during the German occupation and imprisoned by the Vietnamese when France's armies in the Far East collapsed. Now Capitaine Degorce is an interrogator himself, and the only peace he can find is in the presence of Tahar, a captive commander in the very organization he is charged with eliminating. But his confessor is no saint: Tahar stands accused of indiscriminate murder. Lieutenant Andreani - who served with Degorce in Vietnam and revels in his new role as executioner - is determined to see a noose around his neck. This is Algeria, 1957. Blood, sand, dust, heat - perhaps the bitterest colonial conflict of the last century. Degorce will learn that in times of war, no matter what a man has suffered in his past, there is no limit to the cruelty he is capable of.
Winner of Prix Initiales - Litterature Francaise (Initiales Prize for French Literature) 2011 and Grand Prix Poncetton de la SGDL (Poncetton Grand Prize of the SGDL) 2010 and Prix Valery Larbaud (Valery Larbaud Prize) 2011 and Prix Roman France Televisions (France Televisions Novel Prize) 2010.
'Blackly brilliant ... its modern resonances go far beyond the francophone world' Stephen Poole, Guardian. 'Ferrari's masterful narrative, shaped by a chilling wisdom, moves and unsettles in equal, unforgettable measure' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times.
Jerome Ferrari was born in Paris in 1968. He is a professor of philosphy and now teaches in Abu Dhabi. He won the 2012 Prix Goncourt for The Sermon on the Fall of Rome, which is forthcoming from MacLehose Press. Geoffrey Strachan is the award-winning translator of Andrei Makine.