Tales from the Underworld: Selected Shorter Fiction

Tales from the Underworld: Selected Shorter Fiction

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Hans Fallada

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 18mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 2 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141392851
  • ISBN 13: 9780141392851
  • Sales rank: 191,369

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These are darkly funny, searingly honest short stories from Hans Fallada, author of bestselling Alone in Berlin. In these stories, criminals lament how hard it is to scrape a living by breaking and entering; families measure their daily struggles in marks and pfennigs; a convict makes a desperate leap from a moving train; a ring - and with it a marriage - is lost in a basket of potatoes. Here, as in his novels, Fallada is by turns tough, darkly funny, streetwise and effortlessly engaging, writing with acute feeling about ordinary lives shaped by forces larger than themselves: addiction, love, money.

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Hans Fallada was one of the best-known German writers of the twentieth century. His most famous works include the novels Alone in Berlin 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.

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A powerful chronicler of human weakness shot through with hope Times Literary Supplement