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Éric Vuillard talks to Philippe Sands

Fictions: The Order of the Day

Hay Festival 2019, 

Vuillard’s gripping The Order of the Day, a mesmerising work of black comedy, won the Prix Goncourt in 2017 and is regarded as one of the great contemporary novels. It tells the story of the pivotal meetings that took place between the European powers in the run-up to World War Two. What emerges is a fascinating and incredibly moving account of failed diplomacy, broken relationships and the catastrophic momentum that led to conflict.

This event will be conducted in French, with consecutive translation by Amanda Galsworthy.