MICHAEL MERSCHEL hosts this Jam Session with DENNIS BOCK about his latest novel, The Good German. Set in an alternative reality, anti-fascist Georg Elser succeeds in his assassination attempt against Hitler, leading to devastating outcomes. Göring, Hitler’s master strategist, accedes to the German Chancellery and maneuvers the U.S. out of the war. Getting to the atomic bomb first, the landscape of the future is altered forever.
The New York Times calls Bock a “novelist of considerable gifts and ambitious imagination.” Margaret Atwood calls The Good German “A cunning, twisted, compelling tale of deeply unexpected consequences.”
This thoughtful and playful interview examines the origins and success of this “page-turning” novel, the craft of writing, sociological and political parallels, and our ongoing fascination with alternative realities. Streamed live on Halloween, because seriously, what’s scarier than Nazis having won WWII?