Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

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This is a slipcased hardback edition of Hans Fallada's bestselling novel, translated by Michael Hofmann, with the original first Penguin edition artwork. Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels receive the news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France. Shocked out of their quiet existence, they begin a silent campaign of defiance, and a deadly game of cat and mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. When petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen also become involved, deception, betrayal and murder ensue, tightening the noose around the Quangels' necks...

About Hans Fallada

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Hans Fallada was one of the best-known German writers of the twentieth century. Born in 1893 in Greifswald as 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.Michael Hofmann is the author of several books of poems and a book of criticism, Behind the Lines, and the translator of many modern and contemporary authors. Penguin publish his translations of Kafka's Metamorphosis and Other Stories and Irmgard Keun's Child of All Nations.
Published January 1, 2009 by Penguin Classics. 588 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, War. Fiction

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Under the Nazis, Fallada wrote and published a series of gritty novels of the type that German critics call neue Sachlichkeit, or new objectivity.

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Alone in Berlin is a novel for any­one who ever asked “what would I do if I were there?”

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The Independent

Rudolf Ditzen, who wrote under the nom de plume Hans Fallada, was a prolific author best known for his Depression-era novel Little Man, What Now?.

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Alone in Berlin is an exhausting book, gruesome and .

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