Alone In Berlin

Alone In Berlin

Hans Fallada

1947 (Trans Michael Hofmann, 2009)

Recommendation: Roger Darlington Link

You know from the start this is going to end badly, but the writing is so good and the format so conducive to compulsive reading (lots of short sections and a variety of characters) that you keep going. Set in Berlin in 1940, the atmosphere of suspicion and fear is portrayed so evocatively that I couldn't read this at night because it stopped me sleeping! Most of the characters are unpleasant, although not all prove unredeemable, and the good characters are frustratingly naive most of the time. It is the complete opposite of a "feel good" book, but totally compelling, partly because the novel is based loosely on a true story (which also ends badly).

Highly recommended.

September 2017

Janet January 05 2020 246 reads 0 comments Print

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