(1957- ) UK journalist and writer whose first novel, Fatherland (1992), is a late Hitler Wins detective novel set in an Alternate History 1964, where Hitler is alive and Joseph P Kennedy is the American president, tended to be acclaimed by the general press as being original. The greyish noir atmosphere of the tale, and the lifelessness of the Berlin depicted, are in fact strongly conveyed; and it may be that some reviewers sufficiently competent to identify his sources reacted too negatively to the ignorant praise it had received. His third novel, Archangel (1998), comes close to sf in its portrayal Stalin's (entirely fictional) secret son and the near triumph that attends his attempt to take over the USSR. Conclave (2016) sets the intrigues surrounding the election of a new Pope into the Near Future. [JC]
see also: Holocaust Fiction.
Robert Dennis Harris
born Nottingham, Nottinghamshire: 7 March 1957
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