Who was Adolf Hitler? It's a question writers have been trying to
answer for more than sixty years. But after thousands of
biographies, histories, novels, and films, many fundamental
questions remain: How do we explain Hitler's hatred? Where did it
come from? Could it happen again? Norman Mailer sets out to respond
to these and other crucial aspects of Hitler's personality in his
compulsively readable new novel. Spanning three generations, and a
hundred years of history, the book brings to life the Hitlers -
grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and, ultimately,
young Adolf - in an energetic and wildly entertaining family saga.
Mailer recounts the marriages, incestuous couplings, estrangements,
afflictions, and deaths that lead to the birth of young Adolf in
1889. Told in the voice of a mysterious (and unreliable) narrator,
this playful yet profound novel blends fact and fiction in a
stirring family tale that will cause the reader to re-examine his
preconceived ideas about Hitler and the nature of his evil.