Thrillers and the Third Reich
a film by Christoph Rüter
Germany | 2016 | documentary | 52 min
Dominique Manotti from France, Philip Kerr from Scotland and Volker Kutscher from Germany are three novelists who very successfully write crime novels about a time which so far has never been crime novel material: the Third Reich, which itself has gone down in history as a period of unimaginable brutality. Critics and readers – an international body of people amounting to millions – commend reading experiences never encountered before.
The novels have the seductive power of an addictive drug; they are often described as being atmospherically compact crime novels that conjure up a delirium of violence and crime with high contemporary substance. All protagonists in the novels are confronted with a diabolical world that raises existential questions: how can you survive in a world that has become so crazy that life time and world time fuse into a single entity?