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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

Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Washington Square Press (first published 1938)
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Jun 06, 2012 Flannery rated it it was amazing
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."

Address Unk
Jul 10, 2016 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words can be magical or fatal
(Englisch review following behind this.)

Zwei beste Freunde , Max und Martin, betreiben in San Francisco eine Kunstgalerie. Martin möchte 1932 mit Frau und Kindern zurück nach Europa. Max, der Jude, soll inzwischen die Galerie weiterführen.
Die beiden wollen in brieflichem Kontakt bleiben und schwören sich ewige Freundschaft.
Martin erhält einen guten Job in einer großen Bank in München, sein Sohn lernt einen linientreuen Freund kennen. Nach und nach gehen immer mehr N
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
Dec 30, 2012 Dem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
May 28, 2016 Sparrow rated it it was amazing
One of my supervising attorneys is 88 years old. He basically helped invent tort law in Oregon and has been influential in anything you can name. The governor comes by to get his opinion on judicial appointments and whatnot, and in his prime, he was called "the prince of torts."

In my first week of working for him, he called me into his office. When he was 14 years old, he told me, the young men of military age had all gone off to war. This left the boys like him and the old men to work in the l
Jan 22, 2016 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I understand the significance of this story being published in late 1938, I found it hard to believe in the characters, so I never got invested in the story. Perhaps if I hadn't predicted the ending (or something similar to it), I might've felt differently.
Jun 24, 2016 Jaksen rated it it was amazing
Powerful short story. Read it in half an hour, then went back to re-read most of it. Elegantly done as a series of short letters with a brutal twist - for both writers.

It's the story of two friends in America, one Jewish, one German, who own a gallery together. When the German returns home in 1933 things happen, relationships alter, and history overlays and rewrites friendships in unthinkable ways.

When I questioned my mother about this time period - she was born in 1923 - she said they didn't t
May 31, 2015 لیلی rated it really liked it  ·  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
Melika Khoshnezhad
ایا ما هم وقتی عزیزترین کسی که در زندگی داریم را از دست بدهیم انتقام می گیریم؟
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.
Lisa Vegan
Jun 23, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
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
Thomas Hübner
Jan 09, 2016 Thomas Hübner rated it it was amazing

Address Unknown is a short epistolary novella with a fascinating plot and a strong message; it was first published in 1938 and its author, Kressmann Taylor, is today almost forgotten.

Max and Martin own a successful art gallery in San Francisco. They are not only business partners but best friends. The bachelor Max is a frequent and welcome guest at Martin's home and quasi a member of the family; the delicate situation that Max' sister and Martin have an affair
Diane S ☔
Sep 24, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
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.
Narges Aliyari
May 17, 2015 Narges Aliyari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
راستش نمیدونم چی باید بگم درمورد این کتاب... چندتا نامهی آخر واقعا متحیرم کرد...
خیلی کوتاه بود ولی هیچی کم نداشت...
نمیتونم بگم لذت بردم از خوندش چون احساس میکنم این کتاب برای لذت برده شدن نوشته نشده...
نمیتونم رفتار مارتین رو درک کنم... نمیتونم باور کنم که عشق و دوستی انقدر بی اهمیت بشن... دنیای سردی که مارتین توش زندگی میکرد توی ذهن من جا نمیگیره... از طرف دیگه وجدانم نمیذاره کار مارکس رو تایید کنم... انتقام و کینه برای من قابل درک نیستن... ولی نمیتونم این احساس رو تو خودم خفه کنم که مارکس حق دا
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
Jun 04, 2013 Chrissie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Omid Majidy Pour
خیلی عالی بود، کوتاه بود ولی عمیق.
فقط من یه نکته رو متوجه نشدم، دلیل نوشتن و ادامه دادن چند نامه آخر توسط دوستی که در آمریکا بود چی بود؟ آیا قصد گرفتن انتقام خواهرش رو داشت؟ یا چی؟
اگه کسی خونده و متوجه شده توضیح بده منم بفهمم! :|
Jan 01, 2016 prettybooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Un roman épistolaire très court mais très fort qui est glaçant à la lecture. L’auteur a réussi, avant même la seconde guerre mondiale, à cerner les dangers du nazisme comme le prouve ce roman très réussi. Un livre à lire, assurément.

Ma chronique :
Sep 22, 2015 Russio rated it it was amazing
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 and characterisation creeps out through the interchange of letters like ...more
این کتاب یادآور دردی بود که قبلا در کتاب "دوست بازیافته" نوشتهی فرد اولمن تجربه کرده بودم. آن یکی بیشتر چسبیده بود.
Feb 03, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shared history.
Divergent lives.
Nazi Germany.


Feb 14, 2016 ablomof rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
کتاب کوتاه است و عمیق! نویسنده به سادگی و روشنی تمام رذالتهای انسانی را به تصویر میکشد و در این راه نیز موفق است.

آه، مارتین. گاهی از خودم خجالت میکشم که از چنین فتوحات حقیر پوچی اینقدر لذت میبرم. تو در آلمان پز خانه ویلایی و پولت را به خانواده الزا میدهی و من در امریکا کیفور میشوم که فلان تابلو بنجل را به یک پیرزن گیج انداختهام. چه دستاوردی برای دو مرد چهل ساله. واقعاً ما عمرمان را با این کارها هدر نمیدهیم؟ با نقشههای هر روزه برای پول درآوردن و بعد هم پز دادن به پولی که داریم؟ من مدام خودم را
Apr 08, 2015 Arghavan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2011 Yorkshiresoul rated it it was amazing
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wow! this is a book of letters shared between friends that are business partners, a jew in America and is german friend in Germany. What a sad world that in these letters we see how the german starts to fall for the Hitler talk and jews area sore spot. oh sad to read him write " I have never hated the individual jew" This was apparently written in the 1930's and was banned by Hitler. God forbid people read anything other than what he thought was ok! This intolerance of the time should be read wi ...more
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
Reza Mardani
داستان از نامه های دو تا دوست و همکار تشکیل شده در خلال جنگ جهانی و تغییر یکیشون موقع ظهور هیتلر
انتقام آخر کتاب خیلی خوب بود. اولش تعجب کردم، فک کردم صفحات کتاب جابجا شده و قاعدتا این نامه جاش اینجا نباید باشه ولی جلوتر که رفتم ... خیلی انتقام قشنگی بود
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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.”
“We are vain and we are dishonest because it is necessary to triumph over other vain and dishonest persons.” 2 likes
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