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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. I have read many of Harris’s books, and was often disappointed by the film adaptations of his work. They generally lacked scope, and were restricted to unconvincing locations, no doubt by cost. But books like ‘Fatherland’ were undoubtedly well-written, and had lead characters that a reader could invest in. As for this new novel, I have read a great deal about the lead up to WW2 in the past, and have little respect for Chamberlain, or the French negotiators. They betrayed a weakness, that in my opinion, led directly to the wider war. This was in part due to their reluctance to see a repeat of WW1, but also because I feel they had a sneaking admiration for the apparent success of Hitler’s methods, as well as being in awe of him as a dictator. At a time of great political upheaval, and with the lessons of the Spanish Civil War fresh in their minds, I am sure they preferred to see right wing politics triumph over Communism.
    Best wishes, Pete..

    1. Thanks, Pete. One of the advantages of books is that they allow authors (and readers) to travel to different times and places without any extra-expense, and some books would require a huge investment to be adapted with any justice to the material. I’ll take your word for previous Harris’s adaptations, as I know your taste in films and it is impeccable. I haven’t read that much about the historical period in question, although I don’t doubt you are right. In the book, it comes across very clearly that, Chamberlain at least (we don’t get that much insight into the other leaders, and we see Hitler but don’t get very close to him) was determined to try and avoid the war at almost any cost. You are right, too. It is clear from looking at the dictatorships that flourished in the XX century that the big powers had far more tolerance for right-wing regimes than for leftist ones, although, of course, how strong these were perceived to be and what their access to resources was must also have played a part.
      Have a great week.

  2. This sounds like a fascinating WWII read, Olga.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. It is a fascinating historical period.
      All the best.

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