To read Every Man Dies Alone, Fallada’s testament to the darkest years of the 20th century, is to be accompanied by a wise, sombre ghost who grips your shoulder and whispers into your ear: “This is how it was. This is what happened”.
– Liesl Schillinger, New York Times Book Review
Every Man Dies Alone is the original German title of the novel by Hans Fallada published in English as Alone in Berlin, which I have just finished reading. The novel was published in German in 1947, only a few months before the author’s death. It is extraordinary that this excellent English translation by Michael Hofmann only appeared in 2009. Continue reading “Alone In Berlin: resistance is futile?”