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Every man dies alone by Hans Fallada

Every man dies alone (original 1947; edition 2009)

by Hans Fallada

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Title:Every man dies alone
Authors:Hans Fallada
Info:New York, Melville House, 2009
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Tags:German Literature

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Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada (1947)

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    BookshelfMonstrosity: If you found In the Garden of Beasts moving and want to read fiction about the Third Reich, try Every Man Dies Alone, a haunting novel based on actual events surrounding a couple that attempted to undermine the Nazi regime.
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Fallada writes about living in Berlin in World War 2, from the days when the German Reich looked unstoppable to the end of the war. At the heart is a story about a married couple undertaking a small act of resistance; surrounding this is an evocative portrait of a city full of compromisers, ideologues and dissenters - all existing alongside an inexorable Party machine that sweeps dissent and resistance into the dungeons. An interesting book from someone who experienced those times.
  otterley | Sep 6, 2016 |
Not quite in the great literature class that some have indicated, but a good read, an intriguing fictionalisation of an odd case of resistance against the Nazis. My main pleasure was in finding i could breeze through 650 pages in the original German, which indicates it has a clear style and story-line. The characters don't have much inner life, but are varied and believable, from the dour working man at the heart of the action to the virtuous innocent girl and the horse-betting lowlife who become unwittingly embroiled. Best scene of all is the detective's cat-and-mouse interrogation of the low-life; he uses no violence but violence is everywhere. There are strange non-sequiturs or non-credible at crucial points: the leftist cell-members sitting discussing their decisions in the middle of an all-Nazi event; the police boss disliking his subordinate's tactics so much that he throws him into the dungeons, while seeming unable to actually tell him what to do; the cultured music conductor living a fine life in a Nazi gaol simply because he can pay his way... and more like that. Some of this may be result of Fallada writing the whole thing in 24 days (itself nearly incredible). ( )
1 vote vguy | Aug 30, 2016 |
Me ha gustado mucho leer este libro, porque nunca había pensado en la resistencia que los alemanes opusieron a Hitler! Un poquito largo en la parte final pero bien! ( )
  cloentrelibros | Aug 23, 2016 |
fiction, Germany, WWII ( )
  dwieringa | Aug 3, 2016 |
I was sometimes engrossed and at other times slightly lost with this novel but generally enjoyed it very much. The novel gives a very credible description of what it must have been like to live as an ordinary German citizen under the Third Reich: the abuse of power, the constant worry and looking over your shoulder. of course, Hans Fallada experienced all this and the novel benefits from being written only just after the war. The pace of the novel varies, there were times when it swept along and I couldn't put it down and there were other times when it took a more leisurely pace and I was wondering jsut where it was going. The novel is based on a true story and it gives an interesting perspective on the difficulties in organising acts of resistance against the Nazis. The constant watching and snooping was reminiscent of the Stasi later. ( )
1 vote Tifi | Jul 10, 2016 |
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Every Man Dies Alone is a good book, a readable, suspense-driven novel from an author who a) knew what he was doing when it came to writing commercial fiction, and b) had lived through, and so knew intimately, the period he was writing about. This is an extraordinary combination. I hesitate to use a word like "serendipity," but cruelly enough, that's exactly what it was.
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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 into your ear: “This is how it was. This is what happened.”

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The postwoman Eva Kluge slowly climbs the steps of 55 Jablonski Strasse.
He might be right: whether their act was big or small, no one could risk more than his life. Each according to his strength and abilities, but the main thing was, you fought back.
"What did you expect anyway, Quangel? You, an ordinary worker, taking on the Fuhrer, who is backed by the Party, the Wehrmacht, the SS, the SA?...It's ludicrous! You must have known you had no chance! It's a gnat against an elephant. I don't understand it, a sensible man like you!"

"No, and you will never understand it, either. It doesn't matter it one man fights or ten thousand; if the one man sees he has no option but to fight, then he will fight, whether he has others on his side or not. I had to fight, and given the chance I would do it again. Only I would do it very differently."
"Who can say? At least you opposed evil. You weren't corrupted..."

"Yes, and then they kill us, and what good did our resistance do?"

"Well, it will have helped us to feel that we behaved decently till the end... As it was, we all acted alone, we were caught alone, and every one of us will have to die alone. But that doesn't mean that we are alone, Quangel, or that our death will be in vain..."
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Alone in Berlin (UK - 2009) - Every Man Dies Alone (US - 2009) - Jeder stirbt für sich allein (DE - 1947)
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"Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels receive the news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France. Shocked out of their quiet existence, they begin a silent campaign of defiance, and a deadly game of cat and mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. When petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen also become involved, deception, betrayal and murder ensue, tightening the noose around the Quangels' necks ..."--Publisher's description.… (more)

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