Nightmare in Berlin [1897] by Hans Fallada
Nightmare in Berlin (Fallada Collection) (Hardcover)【2016】by Hans Fallada (Author), Allan Blunden (Translator) ( Nightmare in Berlin) [1897]

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Fallada is a lovable author; he stands above Stefan Zweig among the novelistic chroniclers of the time, but below Joseph Roth and, of course, Thomas Mann. I hope the deserved success of Fallada’s novels encourages publishers to look at other works of the period...
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Available for the first time in English, here is an unforgettable portrayal by a master novelist of the physical and psychological devastation wrought in the homeland by Hitler's war. Late April, 1945. The war is over, yet Dr Doll, a loner and 'moderate pessimist', lives in constant fear. By night, he is haunted by nightmarish images of the bombsite in which he is trapped _ he, and the rest of Germany. More than anything, he wishes to vanquish the demon of collective guilt, but he is unable to right any wrongs, especially in his position as mayor of a small town in north-east Germany that has been occupied by the Red Army. Dr Doll flees for Berlin, where he finds escape in a morphine addiction: each dose is a 'small death'. He tries to make his way in the chaos of a city torn apart by war, accompanied by his young wife, who shares his addiction. Fighting to save two lives, he tentatively begins to believe in a better future. Written with Fallada's distinctive power and vividness, Nightmare in Berlin captures the demoralised and desperate atmosphere of post-war Germany in a way that has never been matched or surpassed. The translation of this work was supported by a grant from the Goethe-Institut which is funded by the German Ministry of the Arts.
 

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Published January 1, 2016
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Reviewed by Philip Hensher on Oct 08 2016

Fallada is a lovable author; he stands above Stefan Zweig among the novelistic chroniclers of the time, but below Joseph Roth and, of course, Thomas Mann. I hope the deserved success of Fallada’s novels encourages publishers to look at other works of the period...

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Reviewed by Tobias Grey on Oct 28 2016

In Nightmare, Fallada is particularly adept at depicting the careworn lives of ordinary Germans with all their contradictory prejudices and occasional glimmers of kindness.

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