“Fallada can be seen as a hero, a writer-hero who survived just long enough to strike back at his oppressors.” —Alan Furst
Unlike writers who fled the Nazis—Mann, Hesse, Brecht—Hans Fallada stayed in Germany, and paid the price with incarceration and madness. But his best four novels—all about normal, working class people trying to survive under dire conditions—are not only gripping dramas that are hard to put down. They’re deeply inspiring about the ability of the human spirit to survive.
“I very much enjoyed the rediscovery of Hans Fallada, the German writer … a wonderful novel. Compelling.” —Ian McEwan
“One of the most extraordinary ambitious literary resurrections in recent memory.” —The Los Angeles Times
“A signal literary event of 2009 has occurred… Rescued from the grave, from decades of forgetting…[Every Man Dies Alone] testifies to the lasting value of an intact, if battered, conscience…In a publishing hat trick, Melville House allows English-language readers to sample Fallada’s vertiginous variety…[and] the keen vision of a troubled man in troubled times, with more breadth, detail and understanding…than most other chroniclers of the era have delivered. 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 in your ear: “This is how it was. This is what happened.” —The New York Times Book Review