Fiction David Hughes The Pork Butcher

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The Pork Butcher

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During the Second World War, a unit of the German army of occupation in France was troubled by partisan activity and decided on reprisals against the town of Oradour. As a result of that decision, the name of that small place is known around the world.
In the novel, a former soldier, who was swept up by his unit against his will on that day, for he had a rendezvous with a woman with whom he intended to escape, nevertheless took part in the massacre; many years later, he returns to Oradour on a kind of pilgrimage of penance. The visit is oddly pleasurable and oddly disappointing–until he finds a physical clue that destroys his last hope that he can be innocent in his own eyes.

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David Hughes is the author of several novels, the best known of which are The Major, The Man Who Invented Tomorrow, and Memories of Dying.

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...deftly explores the inescapable burden of the past on the present, and has much to say about the nature of love in our times. (The New York Times)

A moral fable, brief, sensational, and hauntingly tense... (London Review Of Books)

The event of mass-killing is of tragic proportions; but the novel, physically so light in the hand, has the imaginative scope to accommodate it. (The Spectator)

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