By Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry tackles trade background, asking: What if Hitler had by no means been born?
Michael younger is a graduate scholar at Cambridge who's finishing his dissertation at the youth of Adolf Hitler. Leo Zuckerman is an getting older German physicist and Holocaust survivor. jointly they idealistically embark on an scan to alter the process historical past. And with their luck is introduced a courageous new global that's in many ways larger than ours--but in such a lot methods even worse. Fry's sci-fi-tinged scan in background makes for an formidable and deeply affecting novel.
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