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The Faces of Justice

(1961)
A novel by

 
Novelist Sybille Bedford watched courts closely - and with remarkable insight - in England, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Austria. There, she found stories of human frailty and impulsive action, among both the defendants facing judgment in court and the judges and juries deciding their fates. Their tales are fascinating and resonate today.

Not only are the social and political differences apparent in these countries and in their machinery of crime and justice, but also their historic perceptions of fairness and order are laid bare. In the process, Bedford recounts the compelling saga of a father on trial in Germany for killing the man who repeatedly exposed himself to the defendant's young daughter, the immigrant in Switzerland who swiped a watch to impress a chambermaid, the Algerians in France who shot up a series of Parisian cafes, and the English woman sentenced for forgetting to pay for her butter while she was distracted by sudden news that her father was dying. Scores of other gripping stories are shared, across several cultures and systems.

Although this book has long been recognized as an outstanding account of comparative legal systems and courtroom procedure, it does not read at all like a dry legal study. Bedford focuses on the real people involved, and writes with depth and feeling, leading to the wide acclaim this classic book has enjoyed over the years. It is accessible and interesting to a general audience, students, and those interested in how courts work and judges act - at the most basic level.

 
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Paperback Editions

December 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Faces of Justice: A Traveller's Report (Classics of Law & Society)
Author(s): Sybille Bedford
ISBN: 1-61027-907-7 / 978-1-61027-907-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Quid Pro, LLC
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September 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: The Faces of Justice
Author(s): Sybille Bedford
ISBN: 0-571-28268-7 / 978-0-571-28268-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Faces of Justice
Author(s): Sybille Bedford
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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