Alone in Berlin
ISBN: 014118938X Global Overview for this book
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Publisher: Penguin (2009)
Cover: ‘Utterly gripping… a masterpiece’ JUSTIN CARTWRIGHT
‘Extraordinary … redemptive’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
BERLIN, 1940. THE CITY IS PARALYSED BY FEAR. BUT ONE MAN REFUSES TO BE SCARED.
Otto, an ordinary German living in a shabby apartment block, tries to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when he discovers his only son has been killed fighting at the front he’s shocked into an extraordinary act of resistance, and starts to drop anonymous postcards attacking Hitler across the city. If caught, he will be executed. Soon this silent campaign come to the attention of ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich, and a murderous game of cat-and-mouse begins. Whoever loses, pays with their life.
'One of the most extraordinary and compelling novels written about World War II. Ever' ALAN FURST
'Terrific ... a fast-moving, important and astutely deadpan thriller' IRISH TIMES
'An unrivalled and vivid portrait of life in wartime Berlin' PHILIP KERR
'To read Fallada's testament to the darkest years of the 20th century is to be accompanied by a wise, sombre ghost who grips your shoulder and whispers into your ear: "This is how it was. This is what happened"' THE NEW YORK TIMES
Inspired by a true story, Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin is the gripping tale of an ordinary man's determination to defy the tyranny of Nazi rule. Memorably this Penguin Classics edition contains an afterword by Geoff Wilkes, as well as facsimiles of the original Gestapo file which inspired the novel.
Hans Fallada (1893-1947) was one of the best-known German writers of the twentieth century. Born Rudolf Wilhelm Adolf Ditzen, he took his pen name from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. His most famous works include the novels Little Man, What Now? and The Drinker. Fallada died from an overdose of morphine on 5 February 1947 in Berlin.
ALONE IN BERLIN was first published in 1947 as 'Jeder stribt fur sich allein'.
Commanding complex writing, one just knows that it rings with authenticity, even without having read it was based on a true story. Quite riveting and chilling I’ve read this briskly and I’ll admit not completely, instead dotting in and out to spend hours caught here and there. It is not very chirpy and light and chirpy is the order of the day for me right now. Though bought and registered in order to send it to another reader, as a BookCrossing-Random-Act-of-Kindness (RABCK) surprise, only at the last gasp did I discover that reader has it already. I’m delighted he thought it brilliant as it shows my choice was spot on… even if too late. Now to find another reader who would find it of interest? Perhaps a trawl of wish-lists may unearth a reader happy to skip off with this?
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