The Frenchman Éric Vuillard (1968) writes prose, poetry and film scenarios. The Dutch translation of his latest novel The Order of the Day will be released by the publishing house Meulenhoff in September. It was awarded the highest literary distinction in France, the Prix Goncourt last year. The book is an excellent reconstruction of the events in the run-up to the Second World War. His earlier novels also explored historical themes. In Conquistadors he wrote about Pizarro’s conquest of Peru and the fall of the Incan empire. La Bataille de l’Occident was about the military strategy used during the First World War and the horrific consequences of this on the battlefield. Congo was a documentary novel about the division of Africa and the creation of the Congo Free State in 1884. In 2016, 14 juillet was published about the storming of the Bastille. The Order of the Day is his international breakthrough.
“In a dazzlingly precise and slightly ironic style, the writer and filmmaker Éric Vuillard contemplates crucial moments that led to the German annexation of Austria in 1938. The chapter which opens The Order of the Day is unforgettable: 24 big industrialists are granted an audience with the Führer, ready to pull out their wallets.” Margot Dijkgraaf in NRC Handelsblad.