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Fatherland (French) Mass Market Paperback – May 7 1996

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (May 7 1996)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2266071173
  • ISBN-13: 978-2266071178
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mardi 14 avril 1964 : la paix nazie règne depuis vingt ans en Europe et Berlin s'apprête à fêter l'anniversaire d'Adolf Hitler. Les juifs ont été expulsés quelque part, loin à l'est. Encore plus loin à l'est, en Sibérie, la guerre continue. Kennedy a annoncé sa venue en septembre : ce sera la première visite d'un président américain en Allemagne depuis le traité de paix de 1944. L'inspecteur Xavier March enquête sur les meurtres de deux anciens hauts gradés SS. L'affaire est sensible, et March commence à subir des pressions. Mais il s'obstine, et, peu à peu, commence à entrevoir un secret énorme et monstrueux.

Harris récrit l'histoire de façon magistrale. Son Allemagne nazie triomphante, où la peur, la suspicion et la délation règnent en maître, est atrocement convaincante. Dans cette atmosphère étouffante, l'inspecteur March, bien seul avec son scepticisme et sa résistance à l'endoctrinement, apporte une bouffée d'espoir. Avec lui, le lecteur s'enfonce dans une réalité de plus en plus angoissante, jusqu'à la révélation finale. --Jean-Marc Laherrère

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Berlin, 1964. Depuis que les forces de l'Axe ont gagné la guerre en 1944, la paix nazie règne sur l'Europe. Seule, l'Amérique a refusé jusqu'ici le joug. Mais dans quelques jours, le président Kennedy viendra conclure une alliance avec le Reich. Ce sera la fin du monde libre. Deux meurtres étranges viennent perturber les préparatifs. Les victimes sont d'anciens S.S. de haut rang jouissant d'une paisible retraite. Chargé de l'affaire, l'inspecteur March s'interroge. S'agit-il d'un règlement de comptes entre dignitaires ? Mais, s'il s'agit d'affaires criminelles pourquoi la Gestapo s'intéresse-t-elle à l'enquête ? Quelle est cette vérité indicible qui tue tout ceux qui la détiennent et semble menacer les fondations mêmes du régime ? Le mystère s'épaissit et, dans Berlin pavoisée, les bourreaux guettent prêts à tout pour étouffer dans la nuit et le brouillard les dernières lueurs de la liberté.

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Format: Audio Cassette
The audio cassette reading of this abridgement of _Fatherland_ is read by two-time Emmy Award-winning Werner Klemperer (who won twice for his portrayal of Colonel Wilhelm Klink on the former Television show, "Hogan's Heroes.") His fluency with the German language makes one feel as is one is in the middle of Germany right along side the detective Xavier March, the main character of the story.
I thought that perhaps the alternate history component of the novel--namely, that Germany won World War II--would be a larger part of the story; however, the murder mystery actually has its origins in the 1930s, during the rise to power of Hitler. As March uncovers clues spanning three decades--the action takes place in the mid 1960s--one feels linked not only to the story itself, but the days of a horrible past gone by.
One such clue is a series of diary entries by a visitor to one of the concentration camps the Germany ran to destroy the Jews. The reading of the diary sneaks up on the listener and suddenly the listener is aware that this novel isn't just fiction, but contains a chilling historical account of the life and death of the victims of the Jewish Holocaust by Nazi Germany.
Toward the end of the novel one genuinely wants Marsh and his investigative reporting American ally to succeed in their efforts to uncover the conspiracy and bring the truth to the world. If they succeed it would bring this alternate history closer to reality--in that the real world knows what actually happened to the Jews, that they had not just "disappeared" as this alternate world believes.
The running time of this audio abridgement is three hours. I wish it had run longer as I was hooked into the plot and characters by the novel's end.
I highly recommended this story, but for mature listeners only. This story contains foul language (in English and German!), as well as graphic descriptions of violence and death.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Brilliant. No, not the plot, which is certainly above average, but mostly typical of a good suspense thriller. What's brilliant about Robert Harris' "Fatherland" is the concept. The events of this suspense thriller are set in 1964, in post World War II Germany. Nothing unusual so far. Until you realize that Germany has won the war, Europe is dominated by the victorious German reich, and that celebrations are underway for Hitler's 75th birthday. It is this alternate history that makes "Fatherland" a thriller that stands out from the average.
Is it plausible? Harris is well-qualified to write such an alternate history, having written a well-researched non-fiction book on Hitler. In fact the events of "Fatherland" are mostly rooted in history, as Harris notes at the end of the book that many of the characters whose names are used in this novel actually existed, and many of the documents quoted in the text are authentic. The novel centers around the historic Wannsee Conference of 1942, where Hitler's top men met to decide on a permanent solution to the Jewish question: extermination in the horrific gas chambers in places like Auschwitz.
The plot itself is credible and fast moving, although those who are offended by vulgar language, blasphemy and immorality will find these occurring rather too frequently. Xavier March is a criminal investigator who is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery around the body of an old man found floating in a lake outside Berlin. His investigation leads him to discover a series of deaths of high ranking officials. Together with Charlotte Maguire, an American journalist, he uncovers the chilling truth and the heart of the dark conspiracy behind these deaths.
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By Jodi on Nov. 12 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am still trying to absorb everything that this book had to offer: a murder of two very high ranking political officials, art fraud, government cover-up, betrayal & a little bit of romance..."Fatherland" has it all!
This is not an alternate history novel...the war is over & Germany has won. That is the setting. Harris uses great detail to describe how Germany looks "today" (1964), the way Albert Speer (Hitler's favorite architect) planned to build it. Harris also gives us a real character, Xavier March, to empathize & sympathize with, which I certainly did. March is an overworked, underpaid officer who has no life outside of work. He is divorced & his son hates him, giving him nothing to really live for. He is assigned to the case of the murder of the first political official but quickly gets taken off of it. March (who has nothing else to do) decides to keep investigating this case & soon realizes that he is on to something big. The "higher-ups" have a lot to lose in this case & will stop at nothing to get March out of the way. March manages to stay just one small step ahead of those who are trying to kill him, but the reader doesn't find out just how small that step is until the end of the novel. I must admit that I really wanted a happy ending in this novel, but I guess a happy ending wouldn't have been very believable. When dealing with a huge cover up like this, and given the powerful people who are after March, the ending that Harris provided the reader with is entirely plausible, as well as likely.
I felt soooo incredibly sorry for March, which made this story all the better for me. Everytime he turned around, something negative was happening to him...he just couldn't get a break anywhere.
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