Vuillard, Eric: The Order of the Day
Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Boston Globe, and Literary Hub
Winner of the 2017 Goncourt Prize, this behind-the-scenes account of the manipulation, hubris, and greed that together led to Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria brilliantly dismantles the myth of an effortless victory and offers a dire warning for our current political crisis.
The Bruckner reference occurs as part of the portrayals of Kurt von Schuschnigg, President of Austria and Arthur Seyss-Inquart who served as Chancellor of Austria for two days before the Anschluss. Both were admirers of Bruckner's music and their interest is described for several pages in the chapter entitled, "The Art of Indecision."