Fatherland

Fatherland

Book - 1992
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Publisher: New York, NY : Random House, 1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679412731
0679412735
Branch Call Number: F HARRI-R
F HARRI-R
Characteristics: 364 p. ; 24 cm

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tjdickey
May 03, 2017

Usually to create a dystopian future, the author must use a lot of energy to give us context and detail - Harris has the terrifying reality of Nazism, the Final Solution, and Stalinist Russia already in our consciousness, so our fear as readers is immediate, powerful, and well-founded. What if in 1964, Joseph Kennedy's anti-Semitic United States and Nazi Germany are the twin victors of WW2, locked in a nuclear cold war...? Berlin is a frightening capital city of the world; Germany is mired in an asymmetrical war deep in Asia; and no one really knows what happened to so many European Jews...

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djmansfield
Mar 31, 2013

Mostly an average story, but I'll give it a 3rd star because Harris created good dialog among the characters.

The big mystery for the protagonist is his nailing down the truth about the real world death camps of WWII in this tale about the state of the fictional world of the early 1960s, with Hitler still in power.

I would've been more interested in the story if it was more strategic (how are the world powers getting along in a world that includes Nazis in national power?) and less the tactical dealings of a beat cop (yet Gestapo) trying to break a mystery.

SqueeGirl Sep 26, 2009

The 1994 HBO movie based on this novel stars Rutger Hauer and Miranda Richardson and was directed by Christopher Menaul.

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SqueeGirl Sep 26, 2009

In a 1964 Nazi Berlin a copy investigates a suicide and uncovers the 20 year old secret of what happened to the Jews

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