The Scapegoat by Daniel Pennac

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Benjamin Malaussene is a professional scapegoat. He works for a large Parisian department store, and every time an grate customer appears. Malaussene has to be there to take the blame. But one day, when the first or a series of bombs explodes in the toy department, he decides to resist the call of duty. Once again, Malaussene becomes the prime suspect. Meanwhile. and to his astonishment, the attacks only increase the desire of the shoppers to spend their hard-earned francs in the temple of consumerism.

With Malaussene, his extended and exhaustive family, and the people of Paris's Belleville quarter. Daniel Pennac has created one of the most original and memorable collections of characters. They interact in a wild, provocative, thrilling story in which the Parisian everyday takes on a surreal edge, and begins to spiral out of control.


About Daniel Pennac

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Daniel Pennac was born in Casablanca and spent part of his childhood in Africa. He now lives and teaches in a Paris suburb and is the author of numerous adult books. With books published in more than thirty languages, he is one of France’s most widely translated authors.Max Grafe is a fine artist whose illustration clients have included Carnegie Hall, Audubon magazine, and GQ magazine. He says of EYE OF THE WOLF, his first book, "I related with the boy Africa because as a child I connected more with animals than with people."Sarah Adams was born in Brussels and now lives in London. As well as translating books from French, she writes about travel, theater, and art.
Published June 1, 1998 by Harvill Press. 256 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Benjamin Malaussäne’s official job title is Quality Controller, but since nobody could possibly control the quality of all the goods in his Parisian department store, his real vocation is to serve as a scapegoat who can absorb outraged customers’ abuse in a manner so pathetically affecting that t...

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Pennac's comic mysteries about a young man who takes responsibility for everything that goes wrong at his job and who looks after his wayward mother's many children at home are very popular in his native France.

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