Research Blog Antarctica #51 – Ice Reich

Ice Reich

Fiction: William Dietrich: Ice Reich (Warner Books 1998)

A competent thriller / love story set during the second World War, Ice Reich takes as its starting point the historical Nazi Antarctic expedition. Dietrich has chosen to discard all historical detail except the name of the expedition ship, Schwabenland. It may make for a more gripping yarn, but I’d love to read a factual account of the Nazi expedition.

The writer himself is a U.S. journalist who has been to Antarctica twice. It shows in the way the book transcends itself whenever we get to describe the Antarctic setting. Another reason why this is a good book is that although the protagonist is an American pilot, almost all of the book is set with the Germans, who’re humanized more than usual in fiction featuring the Nazis.

This is the second book featuring both Nazis and Antartica I’ve read, the first being M. E. Morris’s the Icemen.

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