Author: Akif Pirincci
Translator: Ji-young Lee
Hardcover / 320 pages
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About This Book
A clever, offbeat thriller in which the sleuth and most of the other main
characters are cats, this first novel by Turkish-born Pirincci, who lives in
Bonn, won Germany's prize for best crime novel of the year in 1990. As an
allegory on Germany's Nazi past, it is facile and ambivalent. The
detective/narrator, Francis, an irrepressibly curious house cat, deduces that
whoever is murdering the neighborhood tabbys has a warped mind and is attempting
to breed a "super race" of felines. After discovering a fanatical cult of
self-flagellating felines who worship a martyred cat, Claudandus, Francis is
aided by Pascal, a cat who uses a computer, in unearthing another clue--the
journal of a half-mad professor who performed sadistic laboratory experiments on
cats. The corpses of countless feline victims are thrown into a catacomb guarded
by the Persian cat Jesaja, a pathetic dupe who prays both to Yahweh (god of the
Hebrews) and to "our blessed Prophet," the murderer, believing that he is doing
the Lord's will. Is Pirincci satirizing monotheistic religion, or the alleged
passivity of Jews who believed that Hitler would spare them? Such troubling
questions are left unanswered. This fable is most effective as an acerbic
commentary on humanity's follies, obtuseness and knack for evil. --Publishers
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