The Ultimate Game of ‘What If?’

by Charlotte Reads Classics

Fatherland, Robert Harris

A story along the lines of; what would have happened if Germany had won WWII?

A really interesting cross over from fact into fiction, with a detective story going on in the foreground. Readable and clever: you read the novel from perspective of german government as a police detective starts uncovering the truth behind the final solution. His reaction to finding out is pretty reasonable to imagine: initial shock and denial of any knowledge or accountability replaced by the awareness of how easy it is to hide painful truths. Robert Harris is so clever because with all the knowledge of the holocaust we all have from history he still manages to make us think like the characters in the book. And reinforce the importance of remembering.