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Robert Harris

Who is Robert Harris?

Robert Dennis Harris (born 7 March 1957) is an English novelist and former journalist. Although he began his career in journalism and non-fiction, his fame rests upon his works of historical fiction. Beginning with the best-seller Fatherland, Harris focused on events surrounding the Second World War, followed by works set in ancient Rome. His most recent works centre on contemporary history. Harris was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he was president of the Cambridge Union and editor of the student newspaper Varsity. Early life and education Robert Harris spent his childhood in a small rented house on a Nottingham council estate. His ambition to become a writer arose at an early age, from visits to the local printing plant where his father worked. Harris went to Belvoir High School in Bottesford, Leicestershire, and then King Edward VII School, Melton Mowbray, where a hall was later named after him. There he wrote plays and edited the school magazine. Harris read English literature at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he was elected president of the Cambridge Union and editor of Varsity, the oldest student newspaper at Cambridge University. Career Early career After leaving Cambridge, Harris joined the BBC and worked on news and current affairs programmes such as Panorama and Newsnight. In 1987, at age 30, he became political editor of the newspaper The Observer. He later wrote regular columns for The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. Non-fiction (1982–1990) Harris's first book, A Higher Form of Killing (1982) with fellow BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman, was a study of chemical and biological warfare. Other non-fiction works followed: Gotcha! The Government, the Media and the Falklands Crisis (1983) covering the Falklands War; The Making of Neil Kinnock (1984); Selling Hitler (1986), an investigation of the Hitler Diaries scandal; and Good and Faithful Servant (1990), a study of Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher's press secretary. Fiction Fatherland (1992)Harris's bestselling first novel, the alternative-history Fatherland, has as its setting a world where Nazi Germany won the Second World War. Publication enabled Harris to become a full-time novelist. It was adapted as a television film by HBO in 1994. Harris stated that the proceeds from the book enabled him to buy a house in the country, where he still lives. Enigma (1995)His second novel Enigma portrayed the breaking of the German Enigma code during the Second World War at Cambridge University and Bletchley Park. It was adapted as a film by writer Tom Stoppard, starring Dougray Scott and Kate Winslet, in 2001. Archangel (1998)Archangel was another international best seller. It follows a British historian in contemporary Russia as he hunts for a secret notebook, believed to be Stalin's diary. It was adapted as a television film by the BBC, starring Daniel Craig, in 2005. Pompeii (2003)In 2003 Harris turned his attention to ancient Rome with his acclaimed Pompeii. The novel is about a Roman aqueduct engineer, working near the city of Pompeii just before the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. As the aqueducts begin to malfunction, he investigates and realises the volcano is shifting the ground beneath and is near eruption. Meanwhile, he falls in love with the young daughter of a powerful local businessman who was illicitly dealing with his predecessor to divert municipal water for his own uses, and will do anything to keep that deal going. Imperium (2006)He followed this in 2006 with Imperium, the first novel in a trilogy centered on the life of the great Roman orator Cicero. The Ghost (2007)Harris was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Tony Blair (a personal acquaintance) and a donor to New Labour, but the war in Iraq blunted his enthusiasm. "We had our ups and downs, but we didn't really fall out until the invasion of Iraq, which made no sense to me," Harris has said.In 2007, after Blair resigned, Harris dropped his other work to write The Ghost. The title refers both to a professional ghostwriter, whose lengthy memorandum forms the novel, and to his immediate predecessor who, as the action opens, has just drowned in gruesome and mysterious circumstances. The dead man has been ghosting the autobiography of a recently unseated British prime minister called Adam Lang, a thinly veiled version of Blair. The fictional counterpart of Cherie Blair is depicted as a sinister manipulator of her husband. Harris told The Guardian before publication: "The day this appears a writ might come through the door. But I would doubt it, knowing him."Harris said in a U.S. National Public Radio interview that politicians like Lang and Blair, particularly when they have been in office for a long time, become divorced from everyday reality, read little and end up with a pretty limited overall outlook. When it comes to writing their memoirs, they therefore tend to have all the more need of a ghostwriter. Harris hinted at a third, far less obvious, allusion hidden in the novel's title, and, more significantly, at a possible motive for having written the book in the first place. Blair, he said, had himself been ghostwriter, in effect, to President Bush when giving public reasons for invading Iraq: he had argued the case better than had the President himself.The New York Observer, headlining its otherwise hostile review The Blair Snitch Project, commented that the book's "shock-horror revelation" was "so shocking it simply can't be true, though if it were it would certainly explain pretty much everything about the recent history of Great Britain."It was adapted as the film The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski in 2010. Lustrum (2009)The second novel in the Cicero trilogy, Lustrum, was published in October 2009. It was released in February 2010 in the US under the alternative title of Conspirata. The Fear Index (2011)His novel The Fear Index, focusing on the 2010 Flash Crash, was published by Hutchinson in September 2011. It follows an American expat hedge fund operator living in Geneva who activates a new system of computer algorithms that he names VIXAL-4, which is designed to operate faster than human beings, but which begins to become uncontrollable by its human operators. An Officer and a Spy (2013)An Officer and a Spy is the story of French officer Georges Picquart, a historical character, who is promoted in 1895 to run France's Statistical Section, its secret intelligence division. He gradually realises that Alfred Dreyfus has been unjustly imprisoned for acts of espionage committed by another man who is still free and still spying for the Germans. He risks his career and his life to expose the truth. Harris was inspired to write the novel by his friend Roman Polanski, who adapted it as a film in 2019. Dictator (2015)Dictator is the long-promised conclusion to Harris's Cicero trilogy. It was published by Hutchinson on 8 October 2015. Conclave (2016)Conclave, published on 22 September 2016, is a novel "set over 72 hours in the Vatican", preceding "the election of a fictional Pope." Munich (2017)Munich, published on 21 September 2017, is a thriller set during the negotiations for the 1938 Munich Agreement between Hitler and UK Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. The story is told through the eyes of two young civil servants – one German, Hartmann, and one English, Legat, who reunite at the fateful summit, six years after they were friends at university. It was adapted as the film Munich – The Edge of War in 2021. The Second Sleep (2019)The Second Sleep, published on 5 September 2019, is set in the small English village of Addicott St. George in Wessex in the year 1468 (but it is not "our" 1468; it's 800 years later than the 2020s) and follows the events of a priest, Christopher Fairfax, sent there to bury the previous priest, and the secrets he discovers: about the priest, the village, and the society in which they live. V2 (2020)V2, published on 17 September 2020, is a thriller set in November 1944 which follows the parallel stories of a German V-2 rocket scientist, Rudi Graf, and a British WAAF, Kay Caton-Walsh. Act of Oblivion (2022)Act of Oblivion, to be published on 1 September 2022, is set in 1660 and follows Richard Nayler of the Privy Council who is tasked with tracking down the regicides Edward Whalley and William Goffe. Work with Roman Polanski In 2007, Harris wrote a screenplay of his novel Pompeii for director Roman Polanski. Harris acknowledged in many interviews that the plot of his novel was inspired by Polanski's film Chinatown, and Polanski said it was precisely that similarity that had attracted him to Pompeii. The film, to be produced by Summit Entertainment, was announced at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 as potentially the most expensive European film ever made, set to be shot in Spain. Media reports suggested Polanski wanted Orlando Bloom and Scarlett Johansson to play the two leads. The film was cancelled in September 2007 as a result of a looming actors' strike.Polanski and Harris then turned to Harris's bestseller, The Ghost. They co-wrote a script and Polanski announced filming for early 2008, with Nicolas Cage, Pierce Brosnan, Tilda Swinton and Kim Cattrall starring. The film was then postponed by a year, with Ewan McGregor and Olivia Williams replacing Cage and Swinton. The film, retitled The Ghost Writer in all territories except the UK, was shot in early 2009 in Berlin and on the island of Sylt in the North Sea, which stood in for London and Martha's Vineyard respectively, owing to Polanski's inability to travel legally to those places. In spite of his incarceration, he oversaw post-production from his house arrest and the film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2010, with Polanski winning the Silver Bear for Best Director award. Harris and Polanski later shared a César Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Harris was inspired to write his novel An Officer and a Spy by Polanski's longtime interest in the Dreyfus affair. He also wrote a screenplay based on the story, which Polanski was to direct in 2012. The screenplay was first titled D, after the initial written on the secret file that secured Dreyfus' conviction. After many years of production difficulties, it started filming in 2018, starring Jean Dujardin. It was produced by Alain Goldman and distributed by Gaumont in 2019.In June 2018 Harris reiterated his support for Polanski, and branded criticisms of Polanski's crimes as being a problem of culture and fashion "The culture has completely changed...And so the question is: "Do you then say, OK fine, I follow the culture.' Or do I say: 'Well, he hasn't done anything since then. He won the Oscar, he got a standing ovation in Los Angeles.' The zeitgeist has changed. Do you change with it? I don't know, to be honest with you. Morally, I don't see why I should change my position because the fashion has changed." TV appearances and radio broadcasts Harris has appeared on the BBC satirical panel game Have I Got News for You in episode three of the first series in 1990, and in episode four of the second series a year later. In the first he appeared as a last-minute replacement for the politician Roy Hattersley. He made a third appearance on the programme on 12 October 2007, seventeen years, to the day, after his first appearance. Since the gap between his second and third appearance was nearly 16 years, Harris enjoyed the distinction of the longest gap between two successive appearances in the show's history until Eddie Izzard appeared on 22 April 2016, just under 20 years after his last appearance on Episode 5 of Series 11 (17 May 1996). On 2 December 2010, Harris appeared on the radio programme Desert Island Discs, when he spoke about his childhood and his friendships with Tony Blair and Roman Polanski. Harris appeared on the American PBS show Charlie Rose on 10 February 2012. Harris discussed his novel The Fear Index which he likened to a modern-day Gothic novel along the lines of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Harris also discussed the adaptation of his novel, The Ghost that came out as the movie, The Ghost Writer directed by Roman Polanski. Columnist Harris was a columnist for the Sunday Times, but gave it up in 1997. He returned to journalism in 2001, writing for the Daily Telegraph. He was named "Columnist of the Year" at the 2003 British Press Awards. Personal life Harris lives in a former vicarage in Kintbury, near Hungerford in Berkshire, with his wife Gill Hornby, herself a writer and sister of best-selling novelist Nick Hornby. They have four children. Harris contributed a short story, "PMQ", to Hornby's 2000 collection Speaking with the Angel. Formerly a donor to the Labour Party, he renounced his support for the party after the appointment of Guardian journalist Seumas Milne as its communications director by leader Jeremy Corbyn. He now supports the Liberal Democrats. Works Fiction Fatherland (1992) ISBN 9780812977219 Enigma (1995) Archangel (1998) Pompeii (2003) Imperium (2006) (Vol 1 of the Cicero Trilogy) The Ghost (2007) Lustrum (2009) (Vol 2 of the Cicero Trilogy, retitled Conspirata for release in US and Italy) The Fear Index (2011) An Officer and a Spy (2013) Dictator (2015) (Vol 3 of the Cicero Trilogy) Conclave (2016) Munich (2017) The Second Sleep (2019) V2 (2020) Act of Oblivion (2022)Short stories PMQ, short story in the collection Speaking with the Angel. London: Penguin, 2 November 2000 ISBN 978-0-14-029678-5Screenplays Pompeii (2007, unfilmed) The Ghost Writer (2010) An Officer and a Spy (2019)Non-fiction A Higher Form of Killing: The Secret Story of Gas and Germ Warfare (with Jeremy Paxman). London: Chatto & Windus, March 1982 ISBN 978-0-7011-2585-1 Gotcha! The Government, the Media and the Falklands Crisis. London: Faber and Faber, January 1983 ISBN 978-0-571-13052-8 The Making of Neil Kinnock. London: Faber and Faber, 17 September 1984 ISBN 978-0-571-13267-6 Selling Hitler: The Story of the Hitler Diaries. London: Faber and Faber, 17 February 1986 ISBN 978-0-571-13557-8 Good and Faithful Servant: The Unauthorized Biography of Bernard Ingham. London: Faber and Faber, December 1990 ISBN 978-0-571-16108-9References Further reading Preston, Alex (3 July 2021). "Robert Harris: 'My method is usually to start a book on 15 January and finish it on 15 June'" (Interview). The Guardian. Retrieved 4 July 2021.External links Robert Harris official website Robert Harris official Twitter transcript of interview with Ramona Koval on The Book Show ABC Radio National 13 November 2007 Robert Harris at IMDb

Imperium

Imperium

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Macht will ein Imperium„Pompeji“ war ein internationaler Triumph. Robert Harris versteht es wie kein Zweiter, die Antike mit Leben zu füllen und die Gegenwart in eine...

The Fear Index

The Fear Index

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At the nexus of high finance and sophisticated computer programming, a terrifying future may be unfolding even now.   Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from th...

Dictator

Dictator

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Endlich – das triumphale Finale von Robert Harris’ Cicero-TrilogieCicero, größter Redner seiner Zeit, weilt mit seinem Sekretär Tiro im Exil. Da er seinen politisch...

D.

D.

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Ils ont menti pour protéger leur pays. Il a dit la vérité pour le sauver. Un roman historique captivant dans le Paris de la Belle Époque par l'auteur de Fatherland.

Enigma

Enigma

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England im März 1943. In Bletchley Park wird fieberhaft daran gearbeitet, die Wunder-Chiffrier-Maschine Enigma, die den Funkverkehr der deutschen U-Boote verschlüsselt, zu knacken. Eine na...

Pompeji

Pompeji

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Pompeji, 79 n. Chr., reichste Stadt der römischen Weltmacht, Oase der Schönen und Mächtigen: Der junge Wasserbaumeister Attilius kommt einer skrupellosen Verschwörung auf die Spur, doch ...

Vaterland

Vaterland

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Hitler hat den Krieg gewonnen - Nazideutschland beherrscht ganz Europa. Das ist das Horrorszenario in Robert Harris' frivolem Politthriller.«Harris versteht, gut und spannend zu schre...

Munich

Munich

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of V2 and Fatherland—a WWII-era spy thriller set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Confere...

A Higher Form of Killing

A Higher Form of Killing

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A Higher Form of Killing opens with the first devastating battlefield use of lethal gas in World War I, and then investigates the stockpiling of biological weapons during World War II...

Diktator

Diktator

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Stedet er Rom, og tiden er cirka år 60 f.Kr. Forskellige magtfulde mænd kæmper om magten i republikken. Dette er historien om virkelige historiske personer, deres alliancer og forræderi,...

El despertar de la herejía

El despertar de la herejía

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En una sociedad donde la fe y el dogma han desterrado la razón y la ciencia, un sacerdote investiga la muerte de un vicario rural.Gran Bretaña, año 1468. El sacerdote ...

De angst-index

De angst-index

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Dr. Alexander Hoffmann is een legende. Hij werkte als wetenschapper aan de deeltjesversneller van cern, maar tegenwoordig gebruikt hij zijn kennis voor een systeem waarmee computeralgoritmen...

Lustrum

Lustrum

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Verleid door macht Verblind door ambitie Verraden door Rome Het is 63 voor Christus, het jaar waarin Cicero consul wordt en toetreedt tot het centrum van de Romeinse macht. Maar hij heeft me...

Cónclave

Cónclave

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Un thriller con un ritmo y un suspense perfectamente ensamblados, sobre la celebración del cónclave en el que se elegirá al próximo Sumo Pontífice de la Iglesia Católica.

Act of Oblivion

Act of Oblivion

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El poder en la sombra

El poder en la sombra

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Una trepidante intriga política inspirada en personajes reales.Un «negro» es la persona que escribe una obra que firmará otra persona. El ex primer ministro británic...

Frygtens indeks

Frygtens indeks

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Hans navn er helt ukendt for de fleste, men inden for de ultra velhavendes kredse er dr. Hoffmann intet mindre end en legende - en visionær videnskabsmand, hvis hemmelige computersoftware o...

Konklave

Konklave

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Der Papst ist tot. Die um den Heiligen Stuhl buhlenden Gegner formieren sich: Traditionalisten, Modernisten, Schwarzafrikaner, Südamerikaner ... Kardinal Lomeli, den eine Glaubenskrise plag...

Vergeltung

Vergeltung

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November 1944. Das Deutsche Reich steht vor der Niederlage. In einer Großoffensive setzt es seine modernste Waffe ein – die V2. Tausende dieser ballistischen Raketen mit schwerem Sprengko...

Angst

Angst

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Der beklemmend aktuelle Thriller von Bestsellergarant Robert HarrisFür die Öffentlichkeit ist er ein Unbekannter, aber in den geheimen inneren Zirkeln der Superreichen i...

Dictator

Dictator

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The long-awaited final volume of the Cicero Trilogy, from a beloved bestselling author “incapable of writing an unenjoyable book” (The Wall Street Journal). At...

Imperium

Imperium

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En kold novembermorgen år 79 f. Kr. banker en mand på den romerske senator Ciceros dør. Han er kommet til Rom for at bede den dygtige jurist om hjælp mod Siciliens guvenør, Verres, som ...

Pompeii

Pompeii

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BESTSELLER - "Terrific... gripping... A literally shattering climax." -- The New York Times Book Review All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman empire’s riches...

The Ghost

The Ghost

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From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Imperium comes The Ghost, an extraordinarily auspicious thriller of power, politics, corruption, and murder. Dashing, capti...

Μόναχο

Μόναχο

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ΣΕΠΤΕΜΒΡΙΟΣ 1938 Ο Χίτλερ είναι αποφασισμένος να ξεκινήσει τον πόλεμο. Ο Τσάμπερλεν προσπαθεί απεγνωσ...

Il ghostwriter

Il ghostwriter

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"Nel momento in cui seppi come era morto McAra avrei dovuto alzare i tacchi e andarmene. Solo adesso me ne rendo conto." Chi parla è un ghostwriter di professione. Cinico e con una buona do...

Conspiración (Trilogía de Cicerón 2)

Conspiración (Trilogía de Cicerón 2)

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Roma, siglo I a.C.Ambición, traiciones e intrigas políticas marcan la apasionante lucha por el poder entre Cicerón, el cónsul, y su príncipe opositor, un joven l...

El índice del miedo

El índice del miedo

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Un potente thriller ambientado en el encarnizado mundo de las altas finanzas donde un algoritmo es lo que decide qué acciones suben y cuáles bajan.Su nombre es d...

L'indice della paura

L'indice della paura

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È notte fonda quando il dottor Alex Hoffmann viene aggredito da uno sconosciuto che si introduce di nascosto nella sua residenza di Ginevra. A quarantadue anni Hoffmann è una leggenda:...

L'ufficiale e la spia

L'ufficiale e la spia

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In una fredda mattina di gennaio del 1895, nel cortile dell'École Militaire nel cuore di Parigi, Georges Picquart, ufficiale dell'esercito francese, presenzia alla pubblica condanna e all'u...

V2

V2

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Munich comes a WWII thriller about a German rocket engineer, a former actre...

Conspirata

Conspirata

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Conspirata is “a portrait of ancient politics as a blood sport,” raves The New York Times. As he did with Imperium, Robert Harris again turns Roman history into a...

Dictator (Trilogía de Cicerón 3)

Dictator (Trilogía de Cicerón 3)

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Dictator, el cierre de la soberbia «Trilogía de Cicerón» de Robert Harris, una maestro de la novela histórica a la altura de Robert Graves, Mary Renault y Marguerite Yourcena...

Imperium (Trilogía de Cicerón 1)

Imperium (Trilogía de Cicerón 1)

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El aclamado autor de Pompeya y maestro de la innovación en la ficción histórica cautiva con su «Trilogía de Cicerón», que arranca con Imperium y que está ambientada...

Skyggen

Skyggen

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“Da jeg hørte, hvordan McAra var død, skulle jeg være taget af sted. Det indser jeg nu.” Fortælleren i Robert Harris’ fængslende nye roman er professionel ghostwriter ...

Patria

Patria

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1964: ¿se acerca el fin del Tercer Reich?En el año 1964, un Tercer Reich victorioso se dispone a celebrar el 75 aniversario de Adolf Hitler. En ese momento, aparece flo...

Geest

Geest

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Als het stof is neergedaald worden de openstaande rekeningen van tien jaar premierschap vereffend. Adam Lang was de langst zittende en meest controversiële premier van Engeland...

Il sonno del mattino

Il sonno del mattino

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1468. È quasi sera quando un giovane prete, Christopher Fairfax, giunge in un remoto villaggio della regione di Exmoor in Inghilterra per celebrare il funerale del parroco, padre Thomas Lac...

Conclave

Conclave

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The best-selling author of Enigma and Fatherland turns to today's Vatican in a ripped-from-the-headlines novel, and gives us his most ambitious, page-turning thriller yet--w...

Fatherland

Fatherland

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Nel 1964 Berlino è la capitale di un impero che si estende dal Reno agli Urali. Il presidente degli Stati Uniti decide di recarsi in Germania per trattare con Hitler, ormai settantacinquenn...

Ghost

Ghost

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Hochbrisant, TopaktuellDer britische Ex-Premierminister Adam Lang will seine Memoiren veröffentlichen. Nach dem dubiosen Tod seines Ghostwriters recherchiert dessen Nachf...

The Second Sleep

The Second Sleep

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From the internationally best-selling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy--a chilling and dark new thriller unlike anything Robert Harris has done before.

Pompei

Pompei

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Pompei, 79 d.C. Mancano solo due giorni all'immensa eruzione del Vesuvio. Due giorni alla catastrofe che porterà alla morte, in una ventina di ore, una città magnifica. È un'afosa settima...

Imperium

Imperium

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From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Pompeii, comes the first novel of a trilogy about the struggle for power in ancient Rome.In his “most accompl...

An Officer and a Spy

An Officer and a Spy

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER A whistle-blower.  A witch hunt. A cover-up. Secret tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, and government corruption. Welcome to...

Imperium

Imperium

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Op zijn eenentwintigste heeft Marcus Cicero slecht één levensdoel: heerschappij over de Romeinse staat, imperium. In zijn adembenemende literaire thriller beschrijft Robert Harris hoe Cice...

Le Second Sommeil

Le Second Sommeil

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Toutes les civilisations se croient invulnérables. Maître du thriller historique, l'auteur de Fatherland revient avec un roman qui interroge la marche de l'Histoi...

Pompeya

Pompeya

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Año 79 d.C. Faltan 48 horas para la catástrofe. Un relato histórico y de intriga ambientado durante la trágica erupción del Vesubio.Una sofocante s...

Múnich

Múnich

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Una novela de espías en el marco del encuentro entre Hitler y el gobierno inglés para impedir la guerra en 1938, por el autor de Patria y Enigma.Adolf Hit...

München

München

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Die Romanvorlage zum neuen Netflix-PolitthrillerSeptember 1938. In München treffen sich Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini und Daladier zu einer kurzfristig einberufenen Konf...