and now an international bestseller.
When it first appeared in Story magazine in 1938, Address Unknown became an immediate social phenomenon and literary sensation. Published in book form a year later and banned in Nazi Germany, it garnered high praise in the United States and much of Europe.
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"This modern story is perfection itself. It is the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction."
Address Unk ...more
The narrative consists of a series of letters exchanged between Max, a Jewish man living in California, and Martin, his German business partner and close family friend, recently returned to Germany; and this correspondence takes place shortly before Hitler takes power.
I noted that I had added this book to my"To Read" list on Jan 01st 2012 and only got around to reading it on Dec 30th 2012. Boy! did I leave the best wine until last. T ...more
A few of my Goodreads’ friends have read this story recently and their reviews and comments definitely piqued me interest.
So, wow! This story was published first in 1938, and I can see why it’s a classic.
I can’t remember the last time I so enjoyed a story, in this case told via lett ...more
The novel is epistolary and roughly based on real-life experiences of the author. Two very close friends and business partners in San Francisco, California, a Jew and a German. The latter, a kind, liberal-mind ...more
Originale, per certi versi. Un riassunto efficace di qua ...more
Set just before World War 2, Address Unknown is a series of fictional letters between two close friends, both German, one a Jew and the other non-Jewish. The Jewish friend (Ma ...more
Written in the style of a collection of letters,this work of fiction is about two friends,or rather a German and a Jew to talk in the terms of these letters. In the beginning we see the depth if their friendship and as time passes by,we see it deteriorating. Towards the end,the German fails to save the Jew's sister who is also his ex-lover and thus breaking every semblance of friendship between them. In these letters,we see the slow poisoning of minds,how go ...more
I had never heard of this book before it was sent back to H ...more
È davvero un peccato che un libro come questo sia così poco noto.
Destinatario sconosciuto è la storia di due amici.
Uno, Max, è un ebreo americano. L'altro, Martin, è un cristiano tedesco. La storia è presentata sotto forma di scambio epistolare tra i due, ed è ambientata nel 1933.
Avrete sicuramente capito di cosa parla il libro.
Dai punti di vista di Max e di Martin, scorgiamo il sorgere del nazismo, e intuiamo, e leggiamo di quali orrori sia stato capace, di cosa sia riuscito a fare chi, come Ma ...more
This is a quick read, but it's a memorab ...more
The book manages to be moving and disturbing, despite its brevity. Don’t read too much about this beforehand - it will ruin the impact.
Max (a Jew) and Martin (a German) are friends living in America. At the start of the book Martin returns to Germany just as Adolf Hitler is rising to power. Max and Martin keep up correspondence until it becomes politically risky for Martin to keep receiving letters, but Max is worried about his younger sister Griselle, an actress who disappears in Berlin, and asks Martin for his help.
The ending is superb. It's a short read but very rewarding.
You can actuall ...more
A great book, it will only take a short while to read, but it will stay with you for a long time.
The first half gives you a hint of what can come, but up until the Dec 8, 1933 letter I still had hope that Martin would t ...more
I can only urge people to read this - ...more
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