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 ?
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler