Fatherland: 20th Anniversary Edition

Paperback | May 7, 2012

byRobert Harris

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Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb.

As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich. And, with the Gestapo just one step behind, March, together with an American journalist, is caught up in a race to discover and reveal the truth -- a truth that has already killed, a truth that could topple governments, a truth that will change history.


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Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb.As March discovers the identity of ...

Robert Harris was born in Nottingham in 1957 and is a graduate of Cambridge University. He has been a reporter on the BBC's Newsnight and Panorama programmes, Political Editor of the Observer, and a columnist on The Sunday Times. He is the author of five non-fiction books in addition to his bestselling fiction, which includes Archangel...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.78 × 5.09 × 1.23 inPublished:May 7, 2012Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099571579

ISBN - 13:9780099571575

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Waste Your Time This book contains absolutely nothing that hasn't been universally known for over 7 decades. It's a "60's James Bond" plot written in a Hardy Boys style, with a few naughty words thrown in. It is not credible, highly simplistic and has many contrived twists that are totally unrealistic in that kind of environment. Far too many people knew of the 'Final Solution' and far too many documents existed for this event to be 'erased' from history. Definitely not John Le Carré.
Date published: 2015-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vaterland Good, well written and well researched WW2 alternative history fantasy thriller. Begins a bit slowly as the plot is laid out, but picks up as it moves along, with engaging characters and good plot twists.
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Orwellian Historical Epic - Bone Chillingly Real A fascinating and disturbing alternate history - what if Hitler and the Nazis won World War II? Robert Harris' attention to detail, and all the subtle nuances of what likely could have been Nazi Europa in the year 1964, are very plausible. Great characterizations and a complex, sophisticated plot make for a riveting novel. Fans of Orwell's 1984 are bound to appreciate this novel. I learned a great deal about Nazism and the handling of law and order in that regime from this book - you find yourself wanting to learn more about this dark, infamous period of the 1930s and 40s to deconstruct Harris' plot, and he leaves you with plenty of surprises when you do.
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fatherland Very good read.enjoyable fiction with a little truth
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fatherland What an exciting and well told story. I read it when it was first published and thought it was excellent, my opinion hasn't changed.
Date published: 2013-11-22

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