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Tales from the Underworld : Selected Shorter Fiction

By (author) Hans Fallada

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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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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 240g
  • 02 Jun 2014
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London
  • English
  • 0141392851
  • 9780141392851
  • 175,118

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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.

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

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