By now, many people are learning about the novel "Grognard" and its apparent connection with a gruesome murder in the author's hometown. We continue to be shocked and horrified by the events surrounding the murder of Nancy Bruneau. Our deepest sympathies remain with the Bruneau family and the Hollywood, Florida community.
As you can imagine, we have received numerous questions and inquiries regarding the content of the novel "Grognard" and the recent events surrounding it. For specific information on what transpired and our previous responses and actions, please see our prior press releases.
I will now take this opportunity to clarify some very important points regarding this book, the author and the publisher.
First, regarding the "hate-speech"
We, at Sunbury Press, do not espouse any of the views presented in this work of fiction. I personally do not harbor such ill-feelings towards anyone. The author, Patrick Quere, feels similarly. The book is a work of fiction in which the protagonist (Felix Moullec), a misanthropic psycho/sociopath, complains about all the ills in his life and community and affixes blame on every living creature around him. Clearly the main character is insane, diminished by his environment. Simply put, he hates everyone!
A quick skim of the book, or "trolling" for specific passages misses the point. When read in its entirety, the book conveys the imagery from the mind of a crazy person. Obviously someone who feels this way about everyone has a mental health problem. Given this theme in the book and its possible connections to the horrible events in Hollywood, Florida, we plan to donate profits from this book towards mental health causes. (please see our prior press release about this decision and the charities selected.)
Second, regarding "auto-biographical"
It is our position this is a work of fiction. Patrick Quere, the author, has mentioned there are "auto-biographical"
Third, regarding the decision to publish
Interestingly enough, none of the reviews to date had mentioned anything about "hate-speech"
Such speech and violence is actually very commonplace in the media and in our entertainment. Listen to a lot of the music that has circulated in recent years, or go to the movies. Quentin Tarantino has certainly played in this space. Even Clint Eastwood in "Gran Torino" rants about the Asian-Americans living next door, as they bear resemblance to the North Korean soldiers he shot and killed and stacked "like cord wood".
As you can probably tell from our increasing list of publications, we have not focused on any one genre or agenda. We have tried to be agnostic about the content and have sought to be a vehicle for the arts, history and fiction. I refer to the following quotes, from people much wiser than I, as instructive in this matter:
"If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed."
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1730
"Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage."
-- Winston Churchill
"This is slavery, not to speak one's thought."
-- Euripides, Greek tragic poet (480 or 485 B.C. - 406 B.C)
"To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it."
-- Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1559
"Censorship of anything, at any time, in any place, on whatever pretense, has always been and always be the last resort of the boob and the bigot."
-- Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, American playwright (1888-1953)
"What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist."
-- Salman Rushdie
"The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame."
-- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
In closing, I'll address the questions about the main character Felix's motives. A recent blog was focused on this. Simply put, he is a misanthropic psycho/sociopath. Such people say and do things with no apparent logical motivation. In that regard, Patrick Quere has brilliantly conveyed the inner-mind of such a character. Is Quere such a person himself? Could such a person write such an "introspective"
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