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Fatherland by Robert Harris

Fatherland (original 1992; edition 2010)

by Robert Harris, Hubert Galle (Traducteur)

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Authors:Robert Harris
Other authors:Hubert Galle (Traducteur)
Info:Pocket (2010), Mass Market Paperback, 424 pages
Collections:Your library, Lus par moi, Lu2012
Tags:CC, Fiction, Nazisme, Question juive, Roman, Suspense, Uchronie, Lu2012, Lu

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Fatherland by Robert Harris (1992)


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Robert Harris's debut novel Fatherland is an engrossing and quick-paced thriller in an all-too-believable alternate history setting of 1964 Berlin, where Germany, victorious in World War II, is planning a celebration of Adolph Hitler's 75th birthday. As the day approaches, Detective Xavier March is called to investigate the death of a once-prominent Nazi official, which leads to the discovery of a vast conspiracy to suppress the Third Reich's deepest, darkest secret. This is a really good page-turner, but one should take care not breeze through too quickly or you'd miss some fine literary stylings, including a wonderful technique of presenting overarching metaphors within small details, such as: "With their close-cropped hair and their loose-fitting light gray drill uniforms, the class of SS cadets looked like convicts." and "March leaned back against the stone and closed his eyes. The sun on his face made the darkness bloodred." ( )
  ghr4 | Jan 20, 2017 |
An amazing story of how life would be if...! ( )
  GeorgiaKo | May 27, 2016 |
An interesting premise; and a little unnerving, the Nazis winning WW2. I enjoyed the suspense and the characters. Reminded me of Martin Cruz Smith's novel and character - Arkady. Very well-written and with a minimum of bad language. Well done, indeed. ( )
  repb | Feb 28, 2016 |
Interesting twist on the murder mystery/ political thriller. The novel is set in 1964 Berlin... but the twist is that it's set in an alternate history in which Germany won World War II. The protagonist, Detective March, starts out investigating a dead body found in a Berlin park, and stumbles upon a Gestapo plot to cover up a monstrous crime in advance of the first stirrings of detente between the US and Germany (the geoplitics are basically that Germany takes the place of the USSR in the Cold War, as the US still emerges as the other superpower after WW II).

It's a great airline read (which is what I had it for), with a gripping plot. It suffers a bit from the cliched use of a headstrong and beautiful American woman sidekick (the book is so inventive in the alternate history, but can't leave that overused genre cliche out?).

Well done overall, though. ( )
  DanTarlin | Feb 18, 2016 |
A crime thriller in an extraordinary setting, with a crime much bigger than your average. I really enjoyed this book. The premise of a WW2 which Hitler did not lose is an intriguing one, and the resulting novel feels very realistic. It is grounded by the fact that we see it through the eyes of a government police officer embedded into the very system which he starts to realise is criminal itself. it's both a mixture of small and large scale which compliment each other very well as the story develops.

I'd definitely look into other works by the author. The writing flowed well and the plot was well constructed. ( )
  fothpaul | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Lindholm, JuhaniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rambelli, RobertaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The hundred million self-confident German masters were to be brutally installed in Europe, and secured in power by a monopoly of technical civilisation and the slave-labour of a dwindling native population of neglected, diseased, illiterate cretins, in order that they might have the leisure to buzz along infinite Autobahnen, admire the Strength-Through-Joy Hostel, the Party headquarters, the Military Museum and the Planetarium which their Führer would have built in Linz (his new Hitleropolis), trot round local picture-galleries, and listen over their cream buns to endless recordings of The Merry Widow. This was to be the German Millenium, from which even the imagination was to have no means of escape.
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The Mind of Adolf Hitler
People sometimes say to me: 'Be careful! You will have twenty years of guerilla warfare on your hands!' I am delighted at the prospect ... Germany will remain in a state of perpetual alertness.
Adolf Hitler
29 August 1942
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Thick cloud had pressed down on Berlin all night, and now it was lingering into what passed for the morning.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061006629, Mass Market Paperback)

It is twenty years after Nazi Germany's triumphant victory in World War II and the entire country is preparing for the grand celebration of the FÜhrer's seventy-fifth birthday, as well as the imminent peacemaking visit from President Kennedy.

Meanwhile, Berlin Detective Xavier March -- a disillusioned but talented investigation of a corpse washed up on the shore of a lake. When a dead man turns out to be a high-ranking Nazi commander, the Gestapo orders March off the case immediately. Suddenly other unrelated deaths are anything but routine.

Now obsessed by the case, March teams up with a beautiful, young American journalist and starts asking questions...dangerous questions. What they uncover is a terrifying and long-concealed conspiracy of such astonding and mind-numbing terror that is it certain to spell the end of the Third Reich -- if they can live long enough to tell the world about it.

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Unveils the living nightmare of a world planned by the Nazis in reality, but never achieved. It illuminates the trail taken by the loner March, leading him to the discoveries of wartime corruption, Swiss bank vaults, love, danger, and - most terrifying of all - the black heart of the Nazi state.… (more)

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