1940s

FATHERLAND (Robert Harris) 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. During that faithful week, SS detective Xavier March will uncover the most horrible of truths

Thursday Quotables – Fatherland

He pulled out his wallet, took out the photograph. It looked incongruous amid the plushness of the restaurant – a relic from someone’s attic, rubbish from a flea market stall. He gave it to her….


Gang Roundup – July 2017

So, the summer is here. Where are you spending your holidays? I’m here in Isola della Scala… I’ll have to make it do. But I am having my holiday and that’s always nice. I’m trying…




Xenos (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

The though thriller is a particularly heightened form of hero-centred fiction, but with a non-traditional outcome engendered by the problematisation of the hero figure. In place of the conventional affirmation of heroic masculinity, the 1940s…




Transgression (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

Uncertainty is one of the constant characteristics of noir stories. Goals and characters fined themselves in a situation of unbalance, therefore the possibility of transgression – both willing and accidental – becomes very likely. Transgression…


Suspense (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

Suspense is a very different mode of narration than the detective story. Whereas the detective traditionally represents a stabilising element in the narration (he brings stability and truth where the criminal act had brought instability…





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