Charlotte Moore finds a morally powerful, exhausting and extraodinary novel in ‘ Alone in Berlin’ by Hans Fallada. Alone in Berlin [Hans Fallada, Michael Hofmann] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Otto, an ordinary German living in a shabby apartment. Inspired by a true story, Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin is the gripping tale of an ordinary man’s determination to defy the tyranny of Nazi rule.

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Fallada was given the Hampels’ Gestapo alohe by Johannes Bechera poet, [6] novelist and friend of Fallada’s, who returned from exile after the war and became president of the cultural organization established by the Soviet military administration in the Soviet sector. There is good reason to skip the category of books known as Historical Fiction, and sometimes the reason is obvious. Mar 19, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: In addition, his life-long drug problems were born of the pain-killing medications he was taking falada the result of his injuries.

But it was not great. Falladx potere delle parole jn tentare di smuovere le coscienze, dunque, nonostante il controllo, la paura, il rischio. Yet the book is not overloaded and all these different strings are woven together perfectly. Aided by Judge Fromm, the answer is, magnificently, yes. Der Irrsinn liegt im Erbrecht, nicht in den Schutzfristen Mosereien.

The novel remained untranslated in English until when it was rediscovered by American publishing house Melville House Publishing and released in the US under the title Every Man Dies Alone[10] in a translation by Michael Hofmann.

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Towards the end of his life he was again prosecuted for making drunken threats with a gun against Anna Issel, from whom he had recently been divorced. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. However, I just didn’t get a sense of realism from far too many of the characters and this detracted immensely from my enjoyment. It might be that Hans Alons is apt at recreating this mood, because he was one of the few German writers to remain in Germany throughout the whole 12 years of Nazi rule which also lead to him becoming a somewhat contested writer after and to observe country and society.


Even when the prosecutor Pinscher encounters a prisoner on his way to the guillotine, he is driven, like a puppet “jigging from one foot to the other in his excitement” to demand further punishment. Having said that, it’s definitely worth reading as you get a vivid sense fallqda the overwhelming culture of fear and paranoia at that falalda which made resistance so hard and explains why so many good people alome powerless.

Have their actions had any effect at all, other than to lead to the destruction of their own lives and of lives which have touched theirs? What is the lesson to our times? You can see flashes of his talent throughout, but the whole lacks a certain consistency.

O forse non era la tipologia di libro che dovevo leggere in questo momento, nonostante il mio sfrenato interesse habs confronti del momento storico protagonista. I aloe the fact that the writer did berlinn go through in describing in detail the tortures and the way of interrogating, but still he doesn’t lose the ability to create feelings pity, anger, despair for the heroes.

The book conveys the omnipresent fear and suspicion engulfing Germany at the time caused by the constant threat of arrest, imprisonment, [2] [3] torture and death. The Quangels are sentenced to death; Otto is soon executed, but Anna dies during an Allied bombing raidwhile still on death row.

Anna is submissive to him, but it is her words that goad him into action, when she accuses him with “You and your Hitler! Cancel reply Enter your comment here Feb 26, Marilou K. In many ways the book had shades of where Big Brother was always watching and waiting for a chance to turn someone in to the Gestapo.

The path of least resistance

Not a really bad book, but nothing amazing. There is a monstrous Obergruppenfuhrer Prall, who overseas the activities.

Otto and Anna choose to free themselves from acquiescence in the Nazi regime, and later, when both are secretly given phials of cyanide in order to forestall their executioners, they choose, for different reasons, not to use them. I appreciate the fact that the writer did not go through in describing in detail the tortures and the way of interrogating, but still he doesn’t lose the ability to create feelings pity, anger, despair for the h Hmm not sure what I should say about this book.


What a fascinating book, considering that the author wrote it hqns 26 days after release from a Nazi asylum. His writing career was unstable and full of paradoxes, just as his life was lived in intimacy with humiliation and terror.

Also thought the translation was flawed, went to far in the “old-timey speak” for my liking. The Hampels did indeed die alone, as they had acted alone. In he made a pact with his close friend, Hanns Dietrich, to stage a duel to mask their suicides, feeling that the duel would be alonee as more honorable.

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, review

The house is a microcosm of the city. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But there is more to it: And if you are trying to make a point about morality and art during such an awful time, you better make it good. I suppose by “rediscovered”, Penguin means “translated gans English”. It’s the kind of dilemma faced by many of us in our daily lives. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There were points where I had to press myself not to quit it, but in total I think it was worthy.

At the end of the war, Fallada was embraced by the new East German literary authorities. Oct 04, Ian rated it liked it Shelves: But it’s the double miracle of translation which gives us Fallada’s novel in English as Alone in Berlin. In truth, the book did very well in the Aufbau-Verlag edition, was filmed akone television in both wings of divided Germany and then again for the cinema faloada the west in with Hildegard Betlin and Carl Raddatz.

A good insightful read. This tells the story from many perspectives, simple naked truths.

It is based loosely on a true story – a sort of Nazi “In Cold Blood”. It is great on the This is an excellent book detailing a story of resistance in Berlin during World War 2.

I wish I’d read it in German!