T he slow burn of office politics can be just as riveting as international intrigue, as shown in Jungersen's second novel, his first to be translated into Engl"/>

The Exception

Christian Jungersen, Author, Anna Paterson, Translator , trans. from the Danish by Anna Paterson. Doubleday/Talese $26 (502p) ISBN 978-0-385-51629-7

T he slow burn of office politics can be just as riveting as international intrigue, as shown in Jungersen's second novel, his first to be translated into English. Iben, Malene and Camilla work in Copenhagen for the Danish Center for Information on Genocide. Even before Iben and Malene receive death threats with Nazi overtones, the three friends had been ostracizing the new librarian, Anne-Lise. Though evidence suggests Serbian war criminal Mirko Zigic has been sending the death threats, the paranoia and fear of the three friends converge to make Anne-Lise the target of rising suspicion. “Victimizing is part of human nature,” Anne-Lise's doctor tells her when she seeks advice, and the novel hauntingly pursues this idea to its deepest implications. Can people fighting genocide display the same traits as war criminals? What does it mean to be evil? Jungersen (Thickets ) explores these questions and others on a very personal level. A complex understanding of people turns what could have been pace-slowing conversations and reproductions of essays on genocide into fuel for a sometimes cruel but always intense page-turner. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/07/2007
Release date: 07/01/2007
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