Ira Levin

I’m halfway through the late Ira Levin’s novel The Boys from Brazil. It has everything: creepy Nazis, tightly scheduled murders, possibly cloned children, and a Nazi hunter (“Yakov Liebermann”) clearly patterned on the famous Simon Wiesenthal. I’ve enjoyed Levin’s work for a while–Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives, Sliver–and I’ve seen film treatments of Rosemary’s Baby and the most recent version of The Stepford Wives, the first excellent, and the second beneath contempt. More later when I finish the book.

Spoilers below the fold!

Yikes.  Dr. Mengele clones Adolf Hitler, placing 94 little Hitler clones with families around Europe and North America, all designed to reproduce Hitler’s upbringing as far as possible. In order to mimic Hitler’s loss of his own father at age 13 or 14, Mengele has his thugs kill each boy’s father when he reaches the age at which Hitler’s father died.


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