The Exception

The Exception

A Novel

Book - 2006
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"A gripping dissection of the nature of evil and of the paranoia and obsessions that drive ordinary people to commit unthinkable acts. Four women work together for a small nonprofit in Copenhagen that disseminates information on genocide. When two of them receive death threats, they immediately believe that they are being stalked by Mirko Zigic, a Serbian torturer and war criminal, whom they have recently profiled in their articles. As the tensions mount among the women, their suspicions turn away from Zigic and toward each other. The threats increase and soon the office becomes a battlefield in which each of the women’s move is suspect. Their obsession turns into a witch hunt as they resort to bullying and victimization. Yet these are people who daily analyze cases of appalling cruelty on a worldwide scale, and who are intimate with the psychology of evil. The cruelty which the women have described from a safe distance is now revealed in their own world. They discover that none of them is exactly the person she seems to be. And then they learn that Interpol has traced Mirko Zigic to Denmark."--Front flap.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385516297
Characteristics: 502 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Paterson, Anna (Anna Tora), 1942-


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Nov 06, 2012

A riviting and chilling story of a small group of women who work together at a geocide research center in Denmark. There are unsettling parallels infered between historical human rights autrocitys and the actions and thought processes of the characters. A good thought provoking read!

Jan 10, 2012

Jungersen is the author of Danish award-winning and best-selling books, two so far (only one of which is available in English) and whose European and American reviewers use terms like “dazzling”, “spellbinding”, “gorgeous”, ”sophisticated”, “profound”, “thought-provoking”, “exquisite” and “brilliant”; I found this book to quite interesting and a very good marrying of office politics with the behavioural characteristics underlying genocidal actions; unfortunately, it was difficult to follow the plot lines near the end and that marred my overall enjoyment of it; one holes that Jungersen's other book gets translated into English.


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