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THE BREAKDOWN (Die Panne) is a novel published in 1958.

Alfredo Traps's car breaks down in the middle of the swiss country. Alfredo is invited to spend the night with four old men living in a small town nearby. They ask him whether he wants to take part in the game they use to play with their guests. Alfredo soon learns that he is sitting with a judge, a public prosecutor, a lawyer and an executioner, all retired. The food is gorgeous and Alfredo agrees to play the role of the accused. His trial can begin but is it really a game ?
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very humorous Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Switzerland Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   hanging Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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