The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach

The Collini Case

Ferdinand von Schirach

Although this book begins as a straightforward tale of a young lawyer taking on his first big case it soon becomes something much more complex. I found it bleak and haunting, a brief but truly riveting exploration of the conflict between law and justice.

Extract

He sat down on one of the blue sofas in the lobby. The waiter asked if he could bring him anything; Collini did not reply. He stared at the floor. His footprints could be traced back over the marble paving of the ground floor, in the lift and all the way back to the suite. Collini waited to be arrested. He had waited all his life, and he had held his peace all that time.

Parallels
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  • The Road to Urbino by Roma Tearne
  • Cell 8 by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom