Monday, 26 November 2007

Robert Harris - "Archangel"

I haven’t blogged within the six promised days because I’ve just read two more Robert Harris books – ‘Fatherland’ and ‘Archangel’ – before moving on to a new author. Both thrillers, they cover in the first case a Europe that might have been with Hitler in charge in 1964 and in the second case a resurrected son of Stalin.

It is worthy of note that as well as being a good thriller ‘Archangel’ shows a worrying side to the continuing Russian hero worship of Stalin. Many of us fail to realise just how brutal and genocidal he was – certainly as bad as Hitler and indeed, if Harris is anything to go by, a bigger villain than the German, especially since his terrible deeds appear largely to have been forgotten.

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