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Address Unknown

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  2,322 ratings  ·  333 reviews
A rediscovered classic, originally published in 1938 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.

A series of fictional letter

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Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Washington Square Press (first published 1938)
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Flannery
Jun 06, 2012 Flannery rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Flannery by: Elizabeth
I was browsing Goodreads the other day and a short review came through my feed. I'd never heard of the book before but Elizabeth rarely gives books five stars so I was intrigued. I immediately put it on hold at my library and read it as soon as I got home today. I was skeptical about the claims made about the book, including the front cover quote from the New York Times Review:

"This modern story is perfection itself. It is the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction."

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Zeinab
ایّام فرجههاست و، بر ما واجب است که در مقابل برخی اراجیفی که مجبوریم وارد مغزمان کنیم و همانجا نگهداریم، چیزهای خوب هم بخوانیم.

و این کتاب، انتخاب درستی نبود برای این منظور. بیشتر از این بود. شگفتزدهام کرد، و پایانش، حواسم را در خودش نگهداشت. چهارتا نامۀ کوتاه و شخصیّتپردازی و توصیف موقعیّت به این خوبی..

و نکتۀ خیلی جالب، تاریخ نوشتهشدن داستان است. کتاب، پیش از آغاز جنگ جهانی دوم، یعنی وقتی نوشته شده که هیتلر هنوز ترکتازی میکرده و تقریباً در اوج قدرت بوده. اگر فضا و تاریخ را دریابید، میفهمید که دا
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Homa Sharifmousavi
داستانی کوتاه و روان و خوشخوان و جذاب با همون مضامین داستان"دوست بازیافته"که توسط نامه هایی بین دو دوست،یکی یهودی و دیگری غیریهودی،یکی ساکن آلمان و دیگری ساکن امریکا که گالری مشترکی در امریکا دارند،روایت میشه.
هردو کتاب "دوست بازیافته" و "گیرنده شناخته نشد" کوچک و کوتاه و کم حجم اند اما درد و غمی که منتقل میکنن به طرز وحشتناکی بزرگه،حس میکنم همین حجم کم داستان باعث شده حجم بزرگ و زیاد اون درد بیشتر درک بشه.
Dem
Address Unknown by Kressman Taylor is an amazing little book.

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
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لیلی
May 31, 2015 لیلی rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to لیلی by: Zeinab
خیلی خیلی خیلی دوست بازیافته بود! هرچند، دوست بازیافته ای که آدما ش بزرگ شده بودن خب و داستان تو عوالم بچگی نمیگذشت...
و اینی که نشون میداد آدمها چقدر میتونه خودشون، آرمان هاشون، شخصیت شون، همه چیشون عوض بشه تحت تاثیر یک آدم به نظرم نکته ی قابل تاملی بود...
اینکه واقعا هیتلر چیکار کرد با آدما... و اینکه شاید همه چیز اون قدرا م تقصیر خود آدما تو اون زمان نبوده پس، شاید واقعا یه بخشاییش ناخود آگاه بوده... چون رفتار مارتین(یا ماکس بود:-؟:دی اونی که آلمان بود خلاصه:-”) واقعا اصلا طبیعی نبود و به نظر ن
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ستایش  دشتی
شما بگیرید .. در بیست دقیقه خواندمش، لذت بردم، و دلم خواست باز میخواندمش. حقیقتش نمیخواستم بخرمش امّا الآن از خریدنش راضی ام، یک داستان خوب و شستهرفته؛ شاهکار نه، خوبِ خوبِ خوب.
ترجمهٔ خوبی هم داشت.
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Lisa Vegan
Jun 23, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody, especially those interested in history & social justice, like twist endings
Recommended to Lisa by: Chrissie
The edition I read has a wonderfully informative foreword by the author’s son. The foreword does give some information that gave me a clue as to what was coming in the story, but it didn’t really contain any spoilers.

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
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Originally published in 1938, The New York Times Book Review hailed it as "the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction." In 1995, a year before the author died, it was reissued and gained the status of an American classic. After her death, it became a bestseller in Europe.

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
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Chrissie
This is an extremely quick read, easily read in one sitting. What is amazing about this book is that it came out so early - in 1938, first in the magazine Story! It is about the holocaust, the consequences of a few letters between a Jew in San Francisco and a friend in Germany. How did it happen that the Germans believed in Hitler? How can long term friendship be so quickly stamped out? And what could be the consequences of just a few letters?
Diane S.
Found this little book and was absolutely astonished at how much it accomplished in so few pages. Friends and partners, one Jewish, one German and the letters they sent back and forth from Germany to the United States, show the rise of Hitler and the changing viewpoints of the Germans as they came to accept them as their leader and hope for the future. Loved the way revenge was taken at the end of the book. Heartfelt and poignant.
Russio
An utter masterpiece - the kind of novel(la) that you just thank providence for putting in your path. An epistolry tale of the correspondence between a German in Germany and a Jew in the US in the build up to World War II (and indeed written prior to the outbreak). That Ms Kressmann Taylor saw the writing on the wall is impressive but is not the reason for the book's greatness. Rather the breathtaking skill by which the plot an characterisation creeps out through the interchange of letters like ...more
Elizabeth
Shared history.
Divergent lives.
Nazi Germany.

BOOM.

Yorkshiresoul
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Arwen56
Si legge in mezz’ora. E’ un romanzo epistolare, genere che amo poco, ma che, in questo caso risulta riuscitissimo. In poco più di 70 paginette, riviviamo la storia di una grande amicizia, di un inaspettato “tradimento” e di una impeccabile vendetta. Non riesce a coinvolgere davvero, è troppo “rapido” per poterlo fare, ma ha una sua armonia ed è secco e preciso come la lama di un bisturi: “occhio per occhio, dente per dente, vita per vita”.
Originale, per certi versi. Un riassunto efficace di qua
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Narges Aliyari
انتقام هوشمندانه یک دوست یهودی از دوست آلمانی اش ، هر چند که من به این قضیه هم فکر میکنم که شاید ماکس در مورد مارتین اشتباه کرده باشه حتی 1% ممکنه ، اما داستانی بود کوتاه ، شیرین ، جذاب و خلاقانه حتما بخونیدش
Arghavan
کتاب خیلی خوب و تاثیرگذار بود و نویسندهاش به نظرم عالی بود چون داستان را پیش از جنگ جهانی دوم نوشته و اوضاع جنگ را پیش بینی کردهبود.
داستان در مورد دودوست است که در جنگ جهانی اول به امریکا رفته و بعد از آن یکی از آنها، درست در زمان به قدرت رسیدن هیتلر به آلمان برگشتهبود و وقایع آلمان را در نامههایش توصیف میکرد. واکنش هر دو دوست در نامهها جالب و پایان داستان نیز بسیار جالب و غیرمنتظره است.
نویسندهی این اثر کاترین کرسمن تیلور این کتاب را در زمانی نوشت که کسی هیتلر را خطری جدی نمیدانست. در امریکا اکث
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Shima
اما وادى ديگرى هست كه هميشه مى توانيم احساسات صادقانه را در آن تجربه كنيم، محضر دوست.
Adeba
It is explosive! Tension kept building and building until the ending when shock exploded inside me. I was stunned by the direction the story took. It displayed the power of words in so many ways and it left me amazed, disgusted and apprehensive. Yes, all three emotions at the same time. And the story is written in 64 pages.

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
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Yossi
A pesar de su brevedad, en este caso para mí es un defecto más que una virtud porque mediante el intercambio de cartas se podría haber profundizado mas, el efecto inesperado que consigue la autora y el abanico de impresiones con el que nos hace recorrer la historia hacen que sea un librito muy recomendable.
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
That. Was. Perfect. Simply perfect.!!
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
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Baahaarmast
این کتاب یادآور دردی بود که قبلا در کتاب "دوست بازیافته" نوشتهی فرد اولمن تجربه کرده بودم. آن یکی بیشتر چسبیده بود.
:)
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Lauren
Wow. Very simple but very chilling.

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
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Pete Young
A very brief and neat exposure of the realities of Nazism, written by an acutely aware observer in the distant US before the Second World War had even begun. Two German-American friends and art dealers, one a Jew, conduct some friendly correspondence after the other returns to Munich in 1933, where he then falls under the enchanting spell of Adolf Hitler. A small but tragic event follows in Munich which, suffice to say, ensures a brilliant response. There's not much else that can be said about A ...more
Kathryn
Surprisingly effective short story (50 pages) illustrating the immense power that can be wielded in words. It was written in 1938 to counter the ignorance in U.S. about what was happening in Nazi Germany. The inspiration was a real incident in which some American students in Germany were put at risk by letters from their fraternity brothers back home, who thought it would be funny to write them letters making fun of Hitler. She herself had known a German family she describes as "cultivated, inte ...more
Fence
Address Unknown is a very slight book. It is told in letters between Max Eisenstein in the US and Martin Schulz in Germany, and begins in 1932. They are business partners, and friends, both have fond memories of Germany, where Martin is originally from. And both seem to start out with similar beliefs and politics. But then comes the rise of Hitler, and where Max sees cause for alarm Martin sees a chance for humiliated Germany to rise up.

I had never heard of this book before it was sent back to H
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mohsen pourramezani
داستان کمی شبیه کتاب دوست بازیافته است
ماجرای دو دوست که از همدیگر جدا میشوند
یکی از آنها به آلمان میرود (زمانی که هیتلر تازه به قدرت رسیده است) و دوست دیگر که یهودی است در امریکا میماند
داستان از طریق نامههای بین این دونفر روایت میشود
در مجموع به عنوان یک داستان کوتاه خوب است ولی به اندازهی دوست بازیافته برایم جذاب نبود.
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Eleclyah

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
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Issac
Breve novela donde nos muestran la decadencia de una amistad por correspondencia entre un alemán y un judio antes y durante el nazismo. Así que si lo que buscas es algo crudo o que hable del holocausto en sí, esta no es la opción. Esta obra va más enfocada a la moral humana.

No impacta mucho, no sé cómo explicarlo, pero es como si diera la impresión de que la autora se contuvo al escribir, probablemente por ser mujer en una época misógina (el epílogo donde nos cuenta que utilizó seudónimo masculi
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Jill Hutchinson
This is an amazing and disturbing little book....only 64 pages long, it packs a punch in every page. First published in 1938 and banned in Nazi Germany when released, it is comprised of letters between two friends. One is a Jewish man living in the US and the other is his Gentile partner in their art gallery who has, with his family, returned home to Germany just as Hitler is coming to power. As the book progresses, the change in the tone and content of the letters will chill your soul and the e ...more
Kelly
A powerful little gem of a book. This is a series of letters between a San Francisco art dealer and his former partner who has moved back to Germany. It takes place between 1932 and 1934 and as readers, we're witness to the rise of Nazism through the exchanges. The art dealer -- Max -- is Jewish and his friend Martin is not, and over the course of their letters, Hitler's rise to power is not only mentioned, but it changes the entirety of their friendship.

This is a quick read, but it's a memorab
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Born Kathrine Kressmann, she married Elliott Taylor in 1928. Her first and most famous book, "Address unknown", was initially published by Story magazine. As both the editor and her husband deemed the story "too strong to appear under the name of a woman", she took on the pseudonym Kressman Taylor, which she used for the rest of her professional life.
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“But there is another realm where we can always find something true, the fireside of a friend, where we shed our little conceits and find warmth and understanding, where small selfishnesses are impossible and where wine and books and talk give a different meaning to existence.
There we have made something that no falseness can touch. We are at home.”
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