Die Wohlgesinnten is the astonishing first novel by Jonathan Littell
which won the Goncourt prize and the French Academy's Great Prize of
the Novel in 2006.
In the late 1980's, Maximilien Aue, the manager of a lace
factory in Northern France - a quiet French-German man is about
40 years earlier he was a disciplined SS officer, in charge of checking
the procedures and supervising the "elimination" operations taking
place on the Eastern Front.
Through an autobiographical enquiry of a kind, he's going to track
Die Wohlgesinnten has stayed at the top of the French bestseller list
for almost a year after its publication in France and Die Wohlgesinnten
won two major French literary prizes.
The French Academy, in its meeting of Thursday October 26, 2006,
decreed its Great Price of the Novel to Jonathan Littell for Die
On Monday November 6th, Die Wohlgesinnten won the prestigious Goncourt
Die Wohlgesinnten is the first book wrote by an american to win two
major prizes the same year in the French litterature history.
With 700000 copies sold, Die Wohlgesinnten by Jonathan Littell was the
success of the year 2006.
Die Wohlgesinnten is also available in French as Les Bienveillantes and in English
as The Kindly Ones.
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