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A bestseller throughout Europe THE EXCEPTION is 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 DenmarkTHE EXCEPTION is a uniue and intelligent thriller heralding Christian Jungersen as a gifted storyteller and keen observer of the human psyche


10 thoughts on “Undtagelsen

  1. says:

    im freuently torn when rating books between rating based on merit or rating based on my enjoyment this is probably a three star book merit wise and yet i got totally sucked into it and really enjoyed it despite its flaws its a very well paced thriller that reuires a certain suspension of disbelief but is not terribly flawed and my desire to finish reading it has made my thanskgiving feast delayed by three hours so


  2. says:

    The much longer full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercomIgnoring the small flash of doubt in yourself that is what evil is Nobody thinks of himself as evil but that deception is part of evil's nature And you can't lie to yourself all the time Once in awhile there's that moment when you uestion if you are doing the right thing And that's your only chance to choose what is good to do the right thing And the moment lasts maybe fifteen minutes every other month maybe lessThe little lesson about life uoted above is something a lot of us especially Americans are starting to realize and ; that the root of what we traditionally call evil lies not in the cartoonish villainy we've assigned over the decades to such groups as the Nazis and the Klan but rather in the small everyday lapses in ethics all of us commit regularly which when multiplied by millions is what leads to things like Hitler Franco Stalin Bush etc Evil is when we see something happening that we know is ethically wrong but turn a blind eye towards because it's easier to do so; evil is when we overreact when we rush to judgment when we affect a self righteous tone when we abuse whatever tiny little amount of power any of us might have in our particular lives It is something we're all guilty of that none of us ever think we're guilty of ourselves but when multiplied by an entire society is what leads us into the grand messes of both the world and of historyAnd perhaps the guiltiest parties of all or so argues Danish novelist Christian Jungersen in his brilliant new book The Exception are those who believe they could never be guilty in the first place radical liberals for example humanitarians those from pacifist countries because it is these people precisely who are blundering through such small evil acts without ever acknowledging them without recognizing them for what they are it's a fascinating and controversial thing for someone in Jungersen's position to posit which is what has made Jungersen a fascinating and controversial author in his native Denmark; for Denmark you see has a long and proud tradition of pacifism and humanitarianism including being one of the only countries on the planet during the Nazi era to officially and publicly harbor Jews As a result or at least according to Jungersen there is now a certain amount of liberal haughtiness inherent in the Danish national character


  3. says:

    What a book The sort of book you walk away from disoriented It isn't just physically heavy at 512 pages though weightless on Kindle it's also heavy in every other sense of the word Such a deceptively simple story about inner strife of a small office spun into such a powerhouse of psychological suspense Four women working in a center for information on genocide turn their lives into a Sartre style nightmare subtly slowly turning their office and personal lives into a psychological battlefield spiraling toward an inevitable tragedy That's a basic summary and it oversimplifies the plot The real genius of this book is in the juxtaposition of the evil on grand scale and one of a small contained environment The macro and micro of evil in principle Can a person overcome their pathologies as presupposed predetermined by various psychological standards and become an exception to the rules? Is evil born or created and how close is an average person to crossing that line under the right circumstances? Subject that has long fascinated me one I studied social psychology and all its implications whether explaining something genuinely horrifying like genocide or a much smaller event such as interpersonal relationships Jungersen took all the concepts terms and research of social psychology and applied them so astutely so cleverly to the book's protagonists and their actionsit's practically a textbook on the topic although one with a suspense thriller motive thrown in The book is told from four different perspectives of its heroines and at no point are you exactly sure of what's going on because of course we can only know so much of another person and as the truth is slowly revealed it stands a good chance of blowing your mind This is why we read isn't it? To be engaged moved surprised entertained educated stunned even to try to understand others Well this books offers all of it although it isn't easy to get through isn't always fun far from light and might cause severe distrust of others or at least reconfigure your estimation of humankind Fascinating book a bestseller in Europe well deserved of any praise Absolutely worth the time and effort Highly recommended


  4. says:

    Note to author Most women do not act like those really awful 13 year olds you encountered in middle school Get over it I was assigned this book by my adviser for an independent study All I had to do was read it not write anything and I was happy about that However now that I'm not reuired to do any academic writing and no one is really listening I feel compelled to put in my two cents I know ironicIn short I am NOT a fan of this book The basic premise is interesting looking at how the small daily acts of evil people commit against each other relate to the huge atrocities of genocide If the author had focused on that idea directly it might have been a fairly good book Instead he created four female characters who had nothing better to do than act extremely paranoid catty self righteous andor victimized in order to illustrate his point Based on his characterization I have to assume he has some fairly misogynistic attitudes Sure he gives each woman reasons for doing what she's doing to the others but that doesn't make any of them good people The only significant but still peripheral male characters are fairly reasonable people who do nothing other than stand in contrast to these four awful women Well there is one evil guy but he's the Bad Guy so what do you expect? All in all not a good jumping off point for me I think somewhat like in The Crying of Lot 49 the author is trying to use the plot to provide the emotional experience of an intellectual argument This argument is that uotidian evil acts sometimes incidentally converge to create the horrors of genocide In parallel the plot is the result of a few bad choices fitting together in just the wrong way causing all hell to break loose I get the argument about genocide but it made the plot completely unlikelyI guess all told it's an interesting intellectual exercise but it all comes down to a fundamental difference in perspective between my adviser and me He is interested in what motivates people to be evil so as to prevent it I am interested in what motivates people to be good so as to promote it Figure out what camp you're in then take my review with a grain of salt


  5. says:

    Normally if a book hasn't engaged me in the first 50 pages I'll set it aside Life's too short for bad books I don't know why exactly I made an exception for The Exception The first 400 of its 500 pages embeds you in the inner life of four pathetic slightly deranged women who all work in the same office – all of whom are obsessed with the tedious minutiae of their work life Toward the end the story shifts into an awful parody of a late night TV police serial complete with hideous cartoon villains and improbable escapesThe only thing I can say in its favor is its absurdly bleak set up The women work in a center dedicated to research on genocide One even edits a journal called Genocide News no kidding and we're treated to pages of ponderous extracts It's only fitting that after torturing the reader with their empty lives for 500 pages none of them ends up with much of a life at all I can only guess that the author has a very droll sense of humor indeedRecommended only if you have lots of auavit on hand


  6. says:

    This is a top notch meaty psychological thriller that takes you inside a small office dedicated to research into genocide There the five office workers simultaneously dig into the very nature of evil as they study the most inhumane acts ever perpetrated while they uietly destroy each other's lives with office politics and interpersonal bullying Buried not so deep beneath the surface of even the seemingly closest friendships and politest collegiality apparently lurks seething resentments that rival those of genocidal maniacsAt the Copenhagen office of the genocide research center Iben and Malene best friends each receives an anonymous email death threat that they initially assume was sent by a Serbian war criminal they have published about When the director's secretary also gets one but not the much despised secretary Anne Lise Iben and Malene begin to suspect that Anne Lise is out to seek revenge for their teasing and ostracism Told alternately from the perspectives of the four women in the office the story is both weighty and taut with the reader becoming drawn into the increasingly paranoid and claustrophobic intimacy among them Anyone who has ever worked in an office will recognize the way tiny gestures take on intense meaning in those confines Even at the story's climax when things become a little standard thriller the truth can still go in a number of directions


  7. says:

    i wish i could give this book only a half a star but that doesn't seem to be possibleit's unspeakably bad and the only reason i would give it half a star is that it provoked me and i do believe that books should provoke us in some waythere are two messages to this book1 all women are psychotic2 bullying in the workplace will get you everything you wantthis seems like it was written by a man who had a string of bad girlfriends who he wanted revenge upon so he wrote them up as the four nastiest types he could conceive all with a completely psychotic inner life which he subjects us to in turn going on under a surface that is otherwise uite normal the most self righteous self absorbed most evil one of the lot is the one who gets everything her way in the end there is no redemption and no good comes of reading this bookrun from it like the windand on top of it the english translation of it is absolute rubbish but the book is no better in the original danish i switched between the two the whole way and compared them in many places life is too short for bad books


  8. says:

    Sometimes characters in fully formed television worlds watch their own television which is a device to comment on the events in the television show and on the television show itself; you know meta TV This book uses articles about genocide as the TV show inside the TV show to comment on and help explain the actions in the novel which is set in the fictional Danish Center for Information on GenocideThe narrative is almost exclusively third person limited but it alternates between the employees of the DCIG so you never feel like you have all the facts and the way Jungersen drops the reader in media res you never feel like you know enough about what happened before As though there are facts it's ridiculous It laughs at the idea of fact Reading just the story as closely and analytically as you can drawing sure conclusions is impossible When you read one woman's section her experiences make sense even while you remember what the other women were thinking and feeling about the same events and you don't know who is in the rightBecause I feel like The Exception wants you to choose The genocide articles are worked smoothly into the narrative and of course they're shocking and horrifying but they also force you to consider the narrative in light of their various theses What did this genocide demonstrate about human behavior? And then back you go into the story and everyone is either acting weirder or perceiving everyone else as acting weirder; this concept could have been really instructive and precious but it's uite sophisticated and intelligently done I thinkI can't say much without mentioning any plot points and that'd be a terrible shame not to get to read this cold It's just so good so strange and creepy unlike anything I've read in a while I can't recommend it highly enough I want to wait a few months and read it again


  9. says:

    I really struggled through this book I wanted to like it to get into the subject matter and what the author was trying to saybut there were a lot of problems with it First it was translated from Danish and that just didn't work It was very choppy without flow I hope it was better in its original language Second there was a lot of repetition A lot Really Third and probably the worst defect is that the characters were well hideous Women who are competent professionals with incredibly responsible jobs in a serious non profit center focused on genocide research who act like seventh graders to each other and in their personal life Written by a male it really smacked of sexism in the way the characters were drawn Fourth there was a lot in the book that just didn't need to be there And finally fifth the plot just didn't come together for me and didn't make up for the other flaws I give myself a A for perseverance for finishing it; a D for my time management skills while reading it


  10. says:

    Mixing fiction and nonfictionThis is an interesting memorable book It's about women who work in a genocide research center They write reports on evil genocide and other subjects and then we read what they've written embedded in the novel What matters in this book is the extremely unusual mixture of fiction and nonfiction The facts in those reports are all real; I learned for example about theories of evil in the Third Reich beginning with Arendt and continuing to the presentBut then between the reports the fictional researchers continue to do evil to one another It's a very effective deviceI met Jungersen in Copenhagen; he said he wrote intuitively and he had little to add I don't believe artists who claim they are intuitive it's an easy out when it comes to public relations I hope he changes his attitude to his own workThe book ends weakly with a chapter ripped from or written for a Hollywood screenplay