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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Karlemann may be in the SS and “bad rumours were flying about”, but Eva knows “Karlemann wouldn’t do that sort of thing. The book conveys the omnipresent fear and suspicion engulfing Germany at the time caused by the constant threat of arrest, imprisonment,   torture and death. I feel badly falada I did not like this book more.
Book Review: “Alone in Berlin” by Hans Fallada | The Happy Hermit
At the house on 55 Jablonski St 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 Germany. It was the first novel by a German author to take as its theme the small-scale domestic resistance to the National Socialists.
Their resistance is crude, small, and futile; and for it they pay with their lives. Nearly all those who find the cards turn them in to the Gestapo immediately, terrified they themselves will be discovered having them.
I read about half of this book, which I first heard about when it was published in English and had been looking forward to finding in German, and found it quite disappointing.
Order by newest oldest recommendations. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Now I am in that inbetween time– trying to decide what to read next.
O forse non era la tipologia di libro che dovevo leggere in questo momento, nonostante il mio sfrenato interesse nei confronti del momento storico protagonista. For the Quangels at least, their resistance had become something the futility of which they blinded falada but which gave them the rewarding feeling of personal courage and moral superiority. Show 25 25 50 All.
Also thought the translation was flawed, went to far in the “old-timey speak” for my liking. Thanks for a great review, Andreas! I assumed that it would be a devastatingly real portrayal of life under Hitler’s yoke and at times it did feel like that.
Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, review
In between, he worked on the land, wrote a couple of novels and held down jobs for a period on newspapers. Then the war is over, and now he’s got to alond an It certainly was gripping, and some of the awkwardnesses neologisms, clunkiness are probably translation, but after I read the author’s biography, the book fell at least a notch and a half for me.
I wish I’d read it in German! The film received a score of 52 on the critical aggregator website Metacriticindicating “mixed or average reviews”.
Otto and Anna Quangel are a Berlin working couple, laborious, unsociable, thrifty to the point of stinginess, and originally not hostile to the National Socialists. Berljn 31, Katerina rated it liked it Shelves: I can’t remember reading anything else that made it so clear how difficult it was for ordinary Germans to stand up to the Nazi regime.
This is an excellent book detailing a story of resistance in Berlin during World War 2. It’s we who must do it. Now I’ll watch the movie and discover what ‘Hollywood’ has done to Hans Fallada’s book. Also when poor protagonist realizes that nobody is reading his letters, and that his campaign against the Nazis has come to nau I didn’t really like this book that much.
Fully aware that any ideas about how I myself would have acted in a dictatorship are mere speculation and wishful thinking, I strongly tend towards the second view. But I was mostly bothered by the writing style and the inclusion of picaresque characters who seem intended to be, on some level, comic or pathetic.
I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I’d much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo. The translator of my copy was American and I very quickly became irritated by phrases like “in the john”, “from the get-go” and even the use of “mate”, all of which didn’t sound right for Germany in the s.
Well, Inspector Escherich was in luck, he had managed to solve the ‘Filth’ case within three months.
Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. 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 aloone pity, anger, despair for the heroes.
Berlin,and the city is filled with fear.
Review: Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada | Books | The Guardian
The Fuhrer will murder your sons too, he will not stop till he has brought sorrow to every home in the world” The story is about courage in a country where “Every man may die alone, but nobody berlim alone, or entirely unobserved. Mr Fallada wrote the massive book in twenty-eight days but died before he could edit it and see it published.
But that doesn’t matter, Anna! R udolf Ditzen, who wrote under the name Hans Falladalived a chaotic life. Would we resemble the Quangels, or would we resemble those who type out their interrogation records?
Hans Fallada the nom de plume of Rudolf Ditzen wrote this book in an astonishing 24 days about the same amount of time it took me to read it — OY! It is a story about a couple Otto and Anna Quangel, who after losing their only son in the war, embark on a postcard writing campaign against the Third Reich. This tells the story from many perspectives, simple naked truths.
My favourite character was surprisingly detective Escherich. Quotes from Alone in Berlin. This is not to say that they don’t doubt themselves; they do, reasonably often, but their certainty, like faith, is capable of admitting doubt without collapse. The postcards get under the skin of the authorities. Everyone is quirky, exact, singular, from the street kids who sling out insults and gang together to defeat an abusive father, to old judge Fromm, reading his Plutarch as the Jewish neighbour whose life he tries to save lies awake in terror.
Alone in Berlin is the work of a dying man and yet nothing could be more full of vitality. They always sent regards from him.