Every Man Dies Alone
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Every Man Dies Alone

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Now a Major Motion Picture - ALONE IN BERLIN A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year To read Every Man Dies Alone, Fallada s testament to the darkest years of the 20th century, is to be accompanied by a wise, somber ghost who grips your shoulder and whispers in your ear: 'This is how it was. This is what happened.' The New York Times Book Review I very much enjoyed the rediscovery of Hans Fallada ... a wonderful novel. Compelling. Ian McEwanThis never-before-translated masterpiece by a heroic best-selling writer who saw his life crumble when he wouldn t join the Nazi Party is based on a true story. It presents a richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis and tells the sweeping saga of one working-class couple who decides to take a stand when their only son is killed at the front. With nothing but their grief and each other against the awesome power of the Reich, they launch a simple, clandestine resistance campaign that soon has an enraged Gestapo on their trail, and a world of terrified neighbors and cynical snitches ready to turn them in. In the end, it s more than an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more than a moving romance, even more than literature of the highest order it s a deeply stirring story of two people standing up for what s right, and for each other. *** This is aHybrid Book. Melville HouseHybridBookscombine print and digital media into an enhanced reading experience by including with each title additional curated material calledIlluminations maps, photographs, illustrations, and further writing about the author and the book. The Melville House Illuminations are free with the purchase of any title in theHybridBook series, no matter the format. "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 539 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 45.72mm | 498.95g
  • Melville House Publishing
  • Brooklyn, United States
  • English
  • 1935554042
  • 9781935554042
  • 5,565

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Now a Major Motion Picture - ALONE IN BERLIN A "New York Times Book Review "Notable Book of the Year The greatest book ever written about the German resistance to the Nazis. Primo Levi One of the most extraordinary and compelling novels ever written about World War II. Ever.... Please, do "not" miss this. Alan Furst "It has something of the horror of Conrad, the madness of Dostoyevsky and the chilling menace of Capote s "In Cold Blood."... In the quiet Quangels, Fallada has created an immortal symbol of those who fight back against 'the vile beyond all vileness' and so redeem us all." Roger Cohen, "The New York Times" An unrivalled and vivid portrait of life in wartime Berlin. Philip Kerr, author of the "Berlin Noir" novels Has the suspense of a John le Carre novel visceral, chilling. "The New Yorker" One of the most extraordinarily ambitious literary resurrections in recent memory. "The Los Angeles Times" A one-of-a-kind novel Fallada can be seen as a hero, a writer-hero who survived just long enough to strike back at his oppressors. "The Globe and Mail" Stunningly vivid characters gets you inside Nazi Germany like no other novel. "The San Francisco Chronicle " Essential, thrilling. "The St. Petersburg Times " This is a novel that is so powerful, so intense, that it almost hums with electricity." "Minneapolis Star-Tribune ""show more

About Hans Fallada

Before WWII, German writer Hans Fallada s novels were international bestsellers, on a par with those of his countrymen Thomas Mann and Herman Hesse. In America, Hollywood even turned his first big novel, Little Man, What Now? into a major motion picture.Learning the movie was made by a Jewish producer, however, Hitler decreed Fallada s work could no longer be sold outside Germany, and the rising Nazis began to pay him closer attention. When he refused to join the Nazi party he was arrested by the Gestapo who eventually released him, but thereafter regularly summoned him for discussions of his work. However, unlike Mann, Hesse, and others, Fallada refused to flee to safety, even when his British publisher, George Putnam, sent a private boat to rescue him. The pressure took its toll on Fallada, and he resorted increasingly to drugs and alcohol for relief. After Goebbels ordered him to write an anti-Semitic novel, he snapped and found himself imprisoned in an asylum for the criminally insane considered a death sentence under Nazi rule. To forestall the inevitable, he pretended to write the assignment for Goebbels, while actually composing three encrypted books including his tour de force novel The Drinker in such dense code that they were not deciphered until long after his death. Fallada outlasted the Reich and was freed at war s end. But he was a shattered man. To help him recover by putting him to work, Fallada s publisher gave him the Gestapo file of a simple, working-class couple who had resisted the Nazis. Inspired, Fallada completed Every Man Dies Alone in just twenty-four days. He died in February 1947, just weeks before the book s publication. "show more

Review Text

Now a Major Motion Picture - ALONE IN BERLIN A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year "The greatest book ever written about the German resistance to the Nazis." -Primo Levi "One of the most extraordinary and compelling novels ever written about World War II. Ever.... Please, do not miss this." -Alan Furst "It has something of the horror of Conrad, the madness of Dostoyevsky and the chilling menace of Capote's In Cold Blood .... In the quiet Quangels, Fallada has created an immortal symbol of those who fight back against 'the vile beyond all vileness' and so redeem us all." -Roger Cohen, The New York Times "An unrivalled and vivid portrait of life in wartime Berlin." - Philip Kerr, author of the "Berlin Noir" novels "Has the suspense of a John le Carré novel ... visceral, chilling." - The New Yorker "One of the most extraordinarily ambitious literary resurrections in recent memory." - The Los Angeles Times "A one-of-a-kind novel ... Fallada can be seen as a hero, a writer-hero who survived just long enough to strike back at his oppressors." - The Globe and Mail "Stunningly vivid characters ... gets you inside Nazi Germany like no other novel." - The San Francisco Chronicle "Essential, thrilling." - The St. Petersburg Times "This is a novel that is so powerful, so intense, that it almost hums with electricity ." - Minneapolis Star-Tribuneshow more