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A young couple fall in love, get married and start a family, like countless young couples before them. As they desperately try to make ends meet amid bullying bosses, unpaid bills, monstrous mothers-in-law and Nazi streetfighters, will love be enough?

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It was published just before Hitler came to power and remains a haunting portrayal of innocents whose world is about to be swept away forever. This brilliant new translation by Michael Hofmann brings to life an entire era of austerity and turmoil in Weimar Germany. Fallada is a genius. The truth and variety of the characterization is superb There are chapters which pluck the nerves. There are chapters which raise the spirits. Hans Fallada was born in Germany in His life was checkered by a failed adolescent suicide pact in which his friend died, addiction to morphine and alcohol, periods of incarceration in prison and mental hospitals, and brushes with the Nazi regime.

His most famous novels include Little Man, What Now?

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Fallada died weeks before its publication, in February in Berlin. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more.


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The main characters are not Jews; they are neither religious, nor do they spout Marx, Engels, or Rosa Luxemburg.

Every Man presents a series of interwoven narratives about fascism that do not echo the dominant stories that have been told and retold since the end of the Second World War. Every Man Dies Alone , its author, Hans Fallada, and his other books are long overdue for rediscovery. Fallada was a best-selling novelist in his own time, though now he is not nearly as well known as Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Alfred Doblin, and Herman Hesse—all of whom wrote in German and all of whom were translated into dozens of languages.

In part, Fallada never attained the international acclaim of Brecht or Mann because his life was far more checkered and far less admirable than theirs. In the eyes of the fascist government, he was a degenerate, though he was also an artist, an intellectual, and a humanist. A long-time drug addict and a criminal—an embezzler and a thief—Fallada served seven-and-a-half years in prisons and in mental hospitals afflicted with genuine psychological issues and substance abuse problems. Unlike Mann, Brecht, Doblin, and others, he was a thoroughgoing misfit, nonconformist, and outsider despite the fact that he also identified himself totally as a German citizen.

His best novel, Wolf Among Wolves , first appeared in when fascism already was well-established in Germany and rapidly expanding across Europe. The anniversary also provides an opportunity to ponder the connections between culture and literary creativity on the one hand and fascism and censorship on the other hand.

Probably no major German writer in the twentieth century was more entangled with fascism than Fallada. Moreover, few if any writers experienced the brutalities of fascism as intensely and directly as he did, and lived to tell the tale. Rudolf Wilhelm Friedrich Ditzen was born in to a German bourgeois family and took the pen name Hans Fallada in From an early age, he aimed for literary greatness; his encounters with the law and his imprisonment were punishing, of course, but they also provided him with rich material to write about.

Eighty years after it was first published, it provides a window on Germany society as it careened toward fascism in the early s.


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Emma belongs to the Communist Party; Hans promises to vote Communist but never does. His bourgeois background and white-collar jobs prevent him from affiliating with the left. Meanwhile, his co-workers join the fascists. The Pinnebergs are good people to whom bad things happen. Big men and big, blind social forces push them around. It has a large cast of well-drawn, complex characters from all walks of life and a broad social canvas that depicts German society as it disintegrated in the early s. External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings. External Reviews.

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