A Woman in Berlin

A Woman in Berlin

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By (author) Anonymous Anonymous, Introduction by Antony Beevor

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  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 24mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844087972
  • ISBN 13: 9781844087976
  • Sales rank: 16,177

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Between April 20th and June 22nd of 1945 the anonymous author of A Woman in Berlin wrote about life within the falling city as it was sacked by the Russian Army. Fending off the boredom and deprivation of hiding, the author records her experiences, observations and meditations in this stark and vivid diary. Accounts of the bombing, the rapes, the rationing of food and the overwhelming terror of death are rendered in the dispassionate, though determinedly optimistic prose of a woman fighting for survival amidst the horror and inhumanity of war. This diary was first published in America in 1954 in an English translation and in Britain in 1955. A German language edition was published five years later in Geneva and was met with tremendous controversy. In 2003, over forty years later, it was republished in Germany to critical acclaim - and more controversy. This diary has been unavailable since the 1960s and is now newly translated into English. A Woman in Berlin is an astonishing and deeply affecting account.

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Author, now dead, is thought to have been a journalist or publisher.

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It's not a book, it's a poem, an epic poem... Exemplary -- Jameela Saddiqi A most extraordinary war journal -- Susan Jeffreys This is not an hysterical woman... you simply cannot dismiss it... profoundly, acutely embarrassing... an insight into the resilience of people in an unknowable situation -- Robert Sandhill One of the most powerful books I've ever read...the best money you'll ever spend -- Kate Mosse