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review 2017-07-15 20:20
Every Man Dies Alone Publisher: Melville House; Reprint edition - Hans Fallada

An extraordinary novel I am embarrassed to say I was not aware of until Melville Books (bless them) sent me a notice about it. Where the hell have I been?

 

Primo Levi called EVERY MAN DIES ALONE "The greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis."

 

The Montreal Gazette said, "It is no wonder the work's reception in the English-speaking world has been the journalistic equivalent of a collective dropped jaw."

 

It is not only politically important (dare I say, especially in these times?), but it extraordinarily readable. Riveting, in fact. Every character crackles with vibrancy, every decision is perfectly credible. There isn't a speck of cliche. It is heartbreaking, sometimes very funny, thrilling, exhausting, beautiful and ironically life-affirming. The small man/woman, going about life. Being brave beyond measure, even in the face of . . . well, you know.

 

You may be thinking you've read quite enough books about WWI. May I humbly suggest that unless you've read EVERY MAN DIES ALONE you need to read just one more.

I cannot recommend this highly enough.

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photo 2017-06-18 20:04
Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson in Alone in Berlin. Photograph: Allstar/PATHE/X-FILME CREATIVE POOL

Strange tale of the anti-Nazi bestseller, the Stasi spies and the missing Gestapo files

 

As the film of Alone in Berlin opens, German historians say facts were kept out of Hans Fallada’s original novel

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Fascinating!  It's still an amazing book.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-10-24 08:35
Es geht weiter
Holly. Die gestohlenen Tagebücher: März - Band 2 - Erich Maria Remarque;Hans Fallada;Stefan Zweig;Lion Feuchtwanger;Johannes R. Becher;Vicki Baum;Leonhard Frank;Ernst Glaeser;Edlef Köppen;Rosa Luxemburg;Anna Seghers;Georg Trakl;Kurt Tucholsky;Friedrich Wolf In Band 2 gehts weiter mit Holly einer Zeitschrift. Wir bekommen wieder einen Einblick von den einige Redakteure dieser Zeitschrift. Immernoch gibt es keine Spur von Annika Stassen, einen kurzen Rückblick bekommen wir von ihrem Unfall der schon was länger zurück liegt. In diesem Band findet auch ein Tot statt und es werden ihre Tagebücher mitgenommen. Wie im ersten Band wird hier wieder mit Tagen geschrieben, dieses mal spielt sich alles im Monat März ab. Es ist nicht so schön, dass bei jedem Kapitelabsatz der Charakter gewechselt wird, da kommt man schnell durcheinander, welche Sicht man nun hat. Was ich mich bis jetzt immer frage, was hat es mit dieser Kamera aufsicht. Ansonsten ist das Buch ganz gut geschrieben und war etwas besser als Band 1.
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url 2016-07-29 03:09
Hans Fallada novel, Nightmare in Berlin, gets first English translation

Hans Fallada

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review 2015-07-20 02:20
Once We Had a Child by Hans Fallada
Once We Had a Child. Translated ... by E... Once We Had a Child. Translated ... by Eric Sutton - Hans Fallada, trans. Eric Sutton

I have to admit defeat on this one.  It's quite different in style from his other novels, and, unfortunately, not anywhere near as good.  The book is divided into three large sections, but each of those sections just goes on and on, and it all seems rather aimless.  I lost interest in the characters and whatever semblance of a story it had, so I think I have to quit for now.

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