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Sudetenland

This is summary of a book available only in the Czech language.

I'm always drawn to a compelling alternative history. "Sudetenland" is based on the provocative premise that the forced expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia after World War II was only partially carried out. Approximately one million Germans, who had actively collaborated with the Nazi regime, were expelled, leaving the rest behind. This remaining population became prime targets for communist propaganda, living in the land of their ancestors while others claimed it. Introduce the Velvet Revolution of 1989 into this context, and you've set the stage for a gripping crime novel.

The main line of the story is easy to follow, adding bit of romance into the mix. While the background is very compelling, at least for somebody who's interested in Czech history; technically has potential to go even deeper - down to the core of what makes it easy to turn group of people against others. Stages coupes. Hatred that goes towards race or nationality; despite them being your neighbours. Or the concept of "homeland".

Unfortunately while the book set the compelling stage, it fails to deliver. Both in the terms of expanding the alternative history side of things (pretty much left just a hypothesis), character development or some proper ending.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (?)

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