An unnerving, deceptive read that plays tricks on your sympathies. The best in speculative fiction, with a solid seam of existentialism to be mined if you are that way inclined.
It is 1962 and the Second World War has been over for seventeen years: people have now had a chance to adjust to the new order. But it’s not been easy. The Mediterranean has been drained to make farmland, the population of Africa has virtually been wiped out and America has been divided between the Nazis and the Japanese. In the neutral buffer zone that divides the two superpowers lives the man in the high castle, the author of an underground bestseller, a work of fiction that offers an alternative theory of world history in which the Axis powers didn’t win the war. The novel is a rallying cry for all those who dream of overthrowing the occupiers. But could it be more than that?
Subtle, complex and beautifully characterised, ‘The Man in the High Castle’ remains the finest alternative world novel ever written, and a work of profundity and significance.