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8 octobre 1908 : Adolf Hitler recalé. Que se serait-il passé si l'École des beaux-arts de Vienne en avait décidé autrement ? Que serait-il arrivé si, cette minute là, le jury avait accepté et non refusé Adolf Hitler, flatté puis épanoui ses ambitions d'artiste ? Cette minute-là aurait changé le cours d'une vie, celle du jeune, timide et passionné Adolf Hitler, mais elle au ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 503 pages
Published September 10th 2003 by Le Livre de Poche (first published August 2001)
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This book is thought-provoking and fascinating, and I can't say that I know how to start reviewing it. There are so many things to say about this book, and it made me feel a lot of strong emotions. Based on that alone, it should be obvious that I recommend it to everyone, but before you dive into it, you need to know what you are getting into, because this can be a very tough read at times.

This is at once a historical novel, and a clever work of speculative fiction, or alternate history. What if
Michael Finocchiaro
This was an interesting book about an alternative future assuming Hitler had taken a different path. Admittedly, I read it years ago, but I remember it making an impression on me. Perhaps not as strong (and currently relevant) impact as The Plot Against America by Roth but nonetheless a curious reading of a puzzling what-if.
Jun 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical, french
In theory it would have been a good idea to interweave two stories about the same person - one about the real personality of Hitler and one about how it could all have turned out if only Hitler had been accepted at the art school and become a famous painter. In my opinion, however, whereas the "real" Hitler is really well characterised and the true personality seems to pop out, the "good" Hitler is just overdone, I think. He becomes a famous painter, is open-minded and has no prejudices at all, ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: litterature
Okey, this book was exceptional, amazing and so well written.
It's too bad that there's no traduction in english.
This book is about the history of Hitler, WWI and WW2.
We all know that Hitler got rejected 2 times at the best National Fine Arts Academy in Vienna. For Schmitt, the minute that changed the world is the moment when the jury announced that Hitler was rejected. The moment where Hitler became 'crazy' and became the dictator we all know.
This book is about the other side of the story, wha
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Åse by: FGD, VL
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Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skoobe
I think the premise of this book is very thought-provoking and such an interesting concept. Hitler and the Third Reich are thoroughly discussed in German schools: History, German, English, Geography, Art – you name it. However, Hitler’s motivation is something that none of our teachers ever went into. One of the reasons for that might be that many things are unclear today and there are different theories for everything. This book explores one of many theories that might have led to Hitler being ...more
Victor Rosca
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have read this year. It caught my attention by two different perspectives:
1. The psychological one, which emphasizes the importance of a single moment in our lives, of a single and apprently insignificant event in our lives. Not only the events are related breathtaking, but also Hitler's inner fight is amazingly explained. The book shows how important a family is, how important love in our lives is. And, of course, this books shows the importance of being aware of ourselv
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: french-lit

Strange feeling... I wanted to throw the book away because I felt sick reading about Hitler, and yet, I couldn't put it down. It was interesting, but I don't think I'll re-read it. The Adolf H. parts of the book were superficial and the character was bland, IMHO.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just another masterpiece by this writer...
I'm speechless
Michel Bruneau
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
The archetypal story of following the life that was and the life that could have been gets a news twist in this exploration of what Hitler's life could have been if a slightly different turn had been taken at a critical juncture. Quite a daring (near suicidal) proposition for a writer, but Schmitt pulls it off, with a successful balancing act of fact and fiction. An introspection that leaves the reader wondering if there could be a little bit (or a lot) of Hitler in any human being, ready to be ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Turns out I really don't care about Hitler either way. ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, exceptionally good written. A book that makes you wonder how a moment could have changed the course of history.
Ivaylo Yorgov
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant! A bundle with Eichmann in Jerusalem would make a fantastic study in how easy it is for all of us to become monsters. A highly recommended read.
Linh Nguyen
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like everything he wrote about the making of Hitler, how his character developed, how increasingly fanatical he became and what drove him to the point of insanity.
I like how at the starting point, both Hitler and Adolf H. are the same person with the same personality (idealistic, a bit extreme, over confident, anger issue, etc.) and I like how they encounter almost every major events in their lives similarly (two wars, mental health, childhood traumas) but wound up to be two very different peo
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is amaizing how a small thing can so hardly affect ones life. The appearance of human feelings in Adolf H. by following the Art academy which makes an artist out of him was very interesting. I am wondering, since I have finished this book, if I have a little Hitler inside me. Everyone may have, without even noticing.
Christian Martel
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought this was an overall very interesting book but it was transcending in any way. The "good" Hitler part is entertaining at best but fails to captivate or demon star what it brings to the story. I could have lived simply with the "bad" Hitler part. The authors journal at the end however was really interesting giving great insight in the writing of this book ...more
Miss Steffi  Hubert
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was great in its own way. I don't know what to say more except that this was a fabulous piece of art! Wonderful! One thing tho was that it was kind of long to read. But the concept of the book was amazing and intriguing at the same time. It's a absolute to read if you love history related books and that you always had questions about the historical figure: Hitler. ...more
Christian Richter
Nov 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Great idea ... what would have happened if Adolf Hitler had been accepted @ Vienne's art university ?
What if he had grown up with culture and diversity ? All along the book the real story and the possible one are side by side going on until 1943 and longer ...
Jeremy Hardy
Jun 17, 2008 rated it liked it
A very interesting take on Adolf Hitler's life. Schmitt writes an account of two very different lives - the reality of Hitler's life after failing to get in to the Vienna Art School, and the other assuming he had been accepted. ...more
Luba Moshcovich
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This boom makes you think, what if... How many of us asked the question what makes one to commit the ultimate crime and exterminate so many lives? Could have the history be different if....
Very interesting and provocative book
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and deeply thought provoking, Schmitt strips away the horns and the tail so often bestowed on Hitler and shows the man beneath, the human being who systematically made all those choices. Chilling. Read it. You won't be sorry. ...more
Frederic Lachance Rivard
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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I would have loved to read the personnal part from EES before the actual book. Made me understand many things. The two stories could also have been separated. In ther beginning it's easy to get confused between them. ...more
What if Hitler was accepted at the Art University as a young man, as he wanted? Would history as we know it change completely? This French alternate history novel tries to answer that question. I find it very well researched and written.
Giulia Larigaldie
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting book exploring a big "what if..." : what if Adolph Hitler had successfully passed the art academy entrance exam ?
You have to stay focused reading this while each chapter alternately tells the life of one Adolph Hitler who succeeded or or one Adolph who failed the exam.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent writing with a complex story structure. What if we would have been friend with Hitler, if he wasn't Hitler as we know him ? A story that makes us take a step back, to realize how life choices can reveal a side or another of a personality. ...more
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It describes a fantasy...but maybe not, everything could be different!
Roberta Manoni
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the most interesting books I have ever read
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
slow at the beginning but once it picks up it is amazing
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing amazing amazing i am speechless
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A popular contemporary French author and dramatist, his plays are translated and staged in more than 30 countries all over the world.

He studied at the Lycée du Parc in Lyon and was accepted at the famous École normale supérieure in Paris (1980–1985), where he received a doctorate in philosophy. As the theme for his dissertation, he chose "Diderot and metaphysics". He spent three years teaching in

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