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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.
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Paperback, 380 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by Hartorch (first published May 26th 1992)
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Stephen
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I’ve never read a book that more starkly highlighted for me how thankful the good people of the world should be that the allies won World War II. While my final rating was a somewhat subdued 3 stars, there are parts of this story that I found extremely compelling.
 
BACKSTORY/ALTERNATIVE HISTORY:

Welcome to a very dark future...
 
It's 1964, and all of Germany is preparing to celebrate Adolf Shitler’s 75th birthday. As part of this national event, the President of the United States, Joseph P. Kenne
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Glenn Russell
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Fatherland, Robert Harris’1992 novel, is an alternate history, a ‘What might have happened if the Nazis won World War II?’. Set in 1964 Berlin, all Harris’ characters are sharply drawn and passionately motivated in decidedly political directions; the author has done his research and knows the Nazi world inside out; he sticks with a number of actual high-ranking Nazis, such as Reinhard Heydrich and Wilhelm Stuckart, imaginatively projected into his fictional Germany; other Nazis in the novel are
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Steven  Godin
I am sure it's a question that's been pondered on by countless many, just what if Hitler had really won the war? or even worse taken over the planet. Would we be in a state of total autocracy?, would Companies like Amazon and Microsoft be run by the Third Reich?, would the gestapo be snooping on emails?. Or the flip side to that, what if no war at all?, what if Hitler, Himmler, Bormann and Goebbels were pacifist jazz musicians and started a quartet?, what if Mr and Mrs Hitler senior moved to the ...more
Will Byrnes
It is the 1960’s in Berlin. American President and Nazi sympathizer Joseph Kennedy has at long last agreed to meet with the Fuehrer. Fatherland presents an alternate history in which Germany won WW II, without taking out China or the United States. A Berlin detective is called to investigate a murder, sees connections among various disappearances and follows them despite interference from his superiors. He encounters a young American journalist who turns out to be key to the whole caper. What is ...more
Jason Verber
Mar 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
A murder in 1960s Nazi Germany draws one Berlin detective into a greater mystery than he could have ever imagined. Or could he?

The great thing about Fatherland is that Robert Harris doesn't try to do too much with the counterfactual history. It's definitely there, of course, but the reader discovers it naturally as (fictional) historical details come up in the flow of the novel. There is no heavy-handed explanation of how this alternate history diverged from the history we know, no listing of
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Supratim
This book had been on my radar for quite some time and I finally got it from my library. It was a very enjoying read indeed.

The book presents an anternate history scenario where Hitler has won the Second World War and Eastern Europe has been conquered by the Nazis. The nations of Western Europe has been forced into a trading block and the German currency is accepeted all over continental Europe.

Hitler's birthday is approaching and people are getting ready to celebrate. A body has been discovered
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Bill Lynas
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can you read a book too many times ? Well, I have to admit that this is the seventh time I've read Fatherland & I still thinks it's as fresh as when I first read it over twenty years ago. The story just seems to grip me from first page to last. Harris seamlessly blends fact & fiction as his thriller takes us through Berlin in 1964 in the week leading up to Adolf Hitler's 75th birthday. This alternative history is so believable without being cliched & the characters are as much of a f ...more
Brandon
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What if Hitler had won?

Author Robert Harris presents a world where Germany came out on top following WWII. Hitler remains as head of Germany’s Western European empire with several of his key associates like Joseph Goebbels and Reinhard Heydrich in positions of power.

Following Germany’s discovery of the cracking of the Enigma Code, the Reich cruised to victory over its enemies in Europe. The United States’ victory over Japan still ended with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but it was delay
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Mike
Fatherland takes a well worn subject, what if Nazi Germany had been successful in WWII, and takes an unusual avenue to explore it. Unlike other books on the subject Fatherland does not concern itself with the big military picture and it doesn't dally in the political decisions that changed history. It takes the changes as a given and explores this strange and horrifying world through the eyes of a simple police officer trying to solve a crime. It infuses a 1960's Nazi dominated Europe with all t ...more
Vaso
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Έχοντας διαβάσει ήδη 2 βιβλία του Robert Harris, ήρθε κ η σειρά του Fatherland, ενός βιβλίου που συνδυάζει την εναλλακτική ιστορία με το αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα με ένα ιδιαιτέρως απολαυστικό τρόπο.
Η Γερμανία έχει νικήσει στο Β'ΠΠ κι έχει εγείρει μνημεία ή κατασκεύασε λεωφόρους μεγαλύτερα από τα αντίστοιχα των άλλων χωρών. Ο ανακριτής Μαρτς καλείται στον τόπο ανεύρεσης ενός πτώματος κι από εκεί κι έπειτα η ανεύρεση ενός δεύτερου πτώματος αντίστοιχου βεληνεκούς, τον βάζει σε υποψίες ότι οι δύο υπο
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مروان البلوشي
الرواية الأولى للصحافي السياسي البريطاني روبرت هاريس، وهي الرواية التي جلبت له الشهرة والكثير من المال (باعت ٣ ملايين نسخة) وهي أيضا الرواية الرائدة في فن روائي جديد نسبيا وهو "رواية التاريخ البديل". أي آنها تحاول إعادة سرد وحبك أحداث التاريخ المنتهية التي حصلت بطريقة ومسار جديد غير متوقع.

التاريخ المذكور هنا هو نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية، والرواية تسرد انتصار ألمانيا النازية في الحرب وسيطرتها على أوروبا والعالم. ورغم ذلك كله إلا أن هناك مؤامرة شنيعة داخل النظام النازي للتخلص من الزعيم العالمي
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Dyuti
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I chanced upon this book after reading Stephen's wonderful review while here on Goodreads.

Indeed, the blurb got me so hooked, that for the next four months I tried to hunt it down. But after futile visits to ALL the city bookstores with my boyfriend, who is also an avid reader, I finally gave up! Apparently, it was out of circulation. And right when I thought I would never be able lay my hands on it, I found a copy on sale on the Internet. A brand new 20th anniversary edition that too. So, I s
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Arnab Paul
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The man in the high castle নামের TV series দেখে এর নেপথযের শিরোনাম বইটি পড়ার ইচছা জাগে। এই বইটিও সাথে নামাই।Alternative history জনরাটা খুব রোমাঞচকর।ধরুন ইতিহাসের কোন বড় ঘটনা এখনকার মত না হয়ে যদি ভিননরকম হতো,তবে কেমন হতো আজকের পৃথিবীটা? বইটার কাহিনি এমন এক পৃথিবীর ,যেখানে হিটলারের নাজি বাহিনী দবিতীয় বিশবযুদধে বিজয়ী হয়।শীতল সনায়ুযুদধ চলে মারকিন ও নাজি-জারমানদের মাঝে।ইউরোপের ইহুদিদের ওপর নেমে আসে নিশচিহন হবার খড়গ।
সতযঘটনার আলোকে লেখা হারডবয়েলড উপনযাস (বাংলাটা কী হতে পারে?) এটি।হাইডরিখ,হিমলার,গোয়েব
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Andrew
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fatherland by Robert Harris, is a book of alternate history set in 1964 Germany. This is a Germany where the Nazi's won WWII, took large swathes of territory, reorganized Europe in their own image, and continue to fight Russian partisans in the Ural mountains. The book follows a German Kripo, Xavier March, who is called to inspect a dead body in a river in Berlin. The body is of one Josef Buhler, who was a member an administrator in the General Government region in WWII. Buhler is a top Nazi pol ...more
George
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Το Fatherland, το πρώτο βιβλίο του Ρόμπερτ Χάρις που διαβάζω και ένα από τα πιο πολυδιαβασμένα έργα του, συνδυάζει το αστυνομικό θρίλερ με την εναλλακτική ιστορία, με το τελικό αποτέλεσμα να είναι άκρως συναρπαστικό και απολαυστικό. Ειλικρινά δεν κατάλαβα πότε το τελείωσα το βιβλίο και στεναχωρήθηκα που δεν ήταν μεγαλύτερο.

Λοιπόν, βρισκόμαστε στο 1964, η Γερμανία έχει κερδίσει τον πόλεμο, έχει κατακτήσει διάφορες χώρες, κάτι σκληρές μάχες συνεχίζονται στην Ρωσία, που πολλά εδάφη της βρίσκονται υ
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Grumpus
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was ok
Again, as in the case of Simple Genius, this is the reason I don’t read more fiction. Even the historical fiction nature of the book, (Germany wins WWII, it’s a different world, yada, yada, yada—you can read more of the storyline in the reviews others have written) couldn’t save it for me.

I thought that both this book and Simple Genius had excellent premises but the stories failed to draw me in like a good Dean Koontz book.

Oh, and I am very literal. The book ends sort of like the movie Field
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As Hitler's 75th birthday approaches the murder of a man who has hidden ties to the top of the party is discovered. Detective Xavier March must now walk a tightrope over the chasm of state secrets as the Gestapo tries to cut the rope...having him fall may be the zugzwang the state wants to play.
MTK
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Κατ' αρχάς, οφείλω να ομολογήσω ότι τα εναλλακτικά σύμπαντα είναι η αδυναμία μου, οπότε είμαι προκατειλημμένη υπέρ του βιβλίου. Αλλά νομίζω ότι και αντικειμενικά πρόκειται για μια άκρως πιστευτή μυθοπλασία ενός κόσμου στον οποίο η Γερμανία κέρδισε στον Β' Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο, με ενδιαφεροντές χαρακτήρες και συναρπαστική πλοκή.
Mark
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am, and probably always will be, a sucker for alternate history. So a "What if the Germans hadn't lost WWII?" is right up my alley. The key point is that the Holocaust was never discovered or proven, because the Allies did not make it over from either east or west. What was different about history that this should be the case is never explained in the book, and it is not important.

Within this idea, it is simply a detective story. The bitter old detective gets assigned to a case he wasn't even
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I really enjoyed reading this book! The premise is both original and intriguing; and once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down! Robert Harris mixes fictional and historical characters, which adds a lot to the reality of the plot. The book is very well-written and the author keeps things going at a brisk pace so the reader never gets bored.

I just found out "Fatherland" had been made into a TV movie in 1994 (with an Emmy nomination for lead Rutger Hauer and an Emmy win for Miranda Richa
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Olivia
I enjoy reading books where history has been tinkered with, and we're presented an alternative reality. In Fatherland the Nazis won the war. However the book does not concern itself with the military consequences or the political mayhem that might follow such a victory, instead Fatherland is about a police officer, simply trying to solve a murder. In the end it's a typical crime thriller. Maybe a bit slow in the beginning but it definitely picks up towards the end. Personally I would have liked ...more
Katrina
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Now its very rare that I write negative thoughts on a book, but this is one of those posts, if you don't like reading that type of post then please take warning.

Fatherland is our school bookgroups next read - we're not a successful bookgroup at the moment being on our third book and never having had a meeting to discuss a book as yet. As soon as this book was decided on I was wary, the novel is an imagining of what the world would be like if Hitler had won the war. I read a book on exactly the s
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Siv30
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
מעטים הם המותחנים שהצליחו לזעזע אותי ולטלטל אותי כל כך כמו הספר "ארץ אבות".

ארץ אבות הוא מותחן מהזאנר המכונה היסטוריה חילופית. עניינה של ההיסטוריה חילופית בלהציג מה היה קורה אם העבר היה ממשיך להווה. במקרה הזה, מה היה קורה לו גרמניה הנאצית היתה מנצחת ומשתלטת על אירופה.

ברלין, 1964, גרמניה משתלטת על מרכז אירופה, למעט שוויץ. בגבול המזרחי שלה ממשיכים הקרבות נגד מה שנשאר מהאימפריה הרוסית. צמברלין ברח לקנדה ובין ארה"ב לגרמניה מתקיים דטאנט.

שבוע ימים לפני יום הולדתו ה- 75 של הפירר מתגלה גופה של אדם על גדו
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Antonio Rosato
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ho riletto questo libro dopo quasi un quarto di secolo dalla mia prima volta; avevo dimenticato quanto fosse bello e, in un certo senso, anche istruttivo. La lettura, anzi rilettura, è stata talmente piacevole che, nonostante le sue quasi 400 pagine, è "andato giù" tutto d'un fiato e nel corso di un'intera notte. Si tratta di un giallo fantapolitico/fantastorico (e chi segue le mie recensioni sa che è proprio il mio genere preferito) ambientato in una Germania mai esistita ma che avrebbe certame ...more
Kim
I'm glad I finally read this book. It has been on my to-read list for some time now.

This book has a possible answer for the question "What if Hitler won the war?". And it tells it from the viewpoint of a disgruntled, disillusioned police detective who whilst investigating a murder uncovers the biggest, closely guarded secret of the German Reich.

A well-written fast paced book it kept me always wanting to know more. And therein lies the issue I had with it. It just didn't tell me enough. I wante
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Tanja Berg
"However this war may end, we have won the war against you; none of you will be left to bear witness, but even if someone were to survive, the world would not believe him. There will perhaps be suspicions, discusssions, research by historians, but there will be no certainties, because we will destroy the evidence with you. And even if some proof should remain and some of you survive, people will say that the events you describe are too monstrous to be believed: they will say that they are the ex ...more
Carol Storm
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
As Nazi thrillers go, this one is barely passable. It's nowhere near as good as classics like THE ODESSA FILE by Frederick Forsyth, or THE EAGLE HAS LANDED by Jack Higgins, or even THE BERKUT by Joseph Heywood or THE MASTER SNIPER by Stephen Hunter.

I don't know why I disliked the hero March so much. Maybe it's because we kept hearing he was a U-Boat ace during the war but we never get any decent flashbacks. Maybe it's because he obviously hates his ex wife and his bratty little son. But mostly
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Arun Divakar
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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If there is one thing that i take away from this book then it is the atmosphere the author creates. Fatherland, simply put is a well crafted thriller in the lines of the ludlum/forsyth thrillers of yore sans the blood and gore. Interestingly enough I had given up my interest on political thrillers until this tale gave me a fresh view.

While studying the history of WWII, any over imaginative mind would ponder the question : "What would have happened had Germany won the war ? ". It could have been
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Jon
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why this book was set in 1964 in a fantasy of what the world might have been like if Hitler had won the war. There's little in it that couldn't have been easily plotted in, say, the real world of 1942. Still, the speculation is fun. We're surprised to learn that President Kennedy is still alive and running for re-election, and about 50 pages later we're surprised again to learn just which Kennedy this is. And I'm sure that if I were more familiar with the city plan of Berlin, I'd fi ...more
Seb
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Fatherland' is one of those novels that every writer dreams of – the book that changes everything. Robert Harris went from BBC reporter to world-recognised author in one jump. The well-appointed house where he now lives was 'bought with the proceeds of Fatherland.’ It began a series of successes that took in 'Enigma', a trilogy set in Ancient Rome and culminated in last year's 'The Ghost'. This success is based on a fiction sub genre, what you might call the fact-based thriller.

However, the fac
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ROBERT HARRIS is the author of nine best-selling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, and An Officer and a Spy. Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his ...more
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