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Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt

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Der Häftling Kufalt kann sein fünfjähriges Gefängnisleben nicht mit der Gefängniskluft abstreifen. Es bleibt an ihm haften, begleitet ihn auf Schritt und Tritt wie unsichtbar an ihn gekettet. Sein Leidensweg ins bürgerliche Dasein ist von den Vorurteilen seiner Umwelt begleitet. Es platzt die Verlobung und sein Traum von einer ehrbaren Existenz. Er, der ewige Pechvogel, bl ...more
Paperback, 585 pages
Published 2005 by Aufbau Taschenbuch (first published 1934)
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Dec 07, 2014 Nicole~ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Once A Jailbird (1934) or Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt (The World Outside)

He who once eats from the tin plate will eat from it again.

This grim novel is not merely about prison inmates and ex-convicts, but one using a social theme typical of Fallada, satirizing Hitler's New Germany with subtle criticism. It was published in 1934, just a year after the Nazi takeover, and so it's not surprising that Fallada might have subdued any political viewpoints.

Willi Kufalt, convicted of embez
Anatoly Shneyer
Apr 30, 2016 Anatoly Shneyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the 3rd novel by Hans Fallada that I`ve read and again I can say that he wrote a wonderful work of fiction. In this story Fallada tells the tragic, yet somewhat comic, tale of the newly released prisoner Willi Kufult. Although it is obvious throughout the book what the outcome will be for the unfortunate Willi, It is an interesting and moving novel, and not without hidden criticism toward the society including those who run it. Absolutely great! ...more
Jürgen Zeller
Jul 04, 2015 Jürgen Zeller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mittlerweile mein drittes Buch von Hans Fallada das ich gelesen habe und es wird ganz gewiss nicht mein letztes von ihm gewesen sein. Erneut hat mich dieses authentische Erzählen eines Zeugen seiner Zeit ans Buch gefesselt und überzeugt. Diesmal ist die Hauptfigur der (Ex-) Gefängnisinsasse Willi Kufalt der sich nach mehreren Jahren im Knast nach der Entlassung in der neugewonnen Freiheit zurechtfinden muss. Wobei "neugewonnen" der falsche Ausdruck ist. Es fühlt sich nicht wie ein Gewinn an wenn ...more
Danny Marcalo
Jan 08, 2015 Danny Marcalo rated it really liked it
After "Everyman Dies Alone", this was my second Fallada novel. There are a few themes that both books share. Firstly, and most prominently, this text as well as the other one, shows the baseness some people are able to express towards others. Mostly Fallada's hero Kufalt experiences this baseness when he meets the average guy, who lets him know that Kufalt feel all his disgust toward him, the former inmate. However, Kufalt is not without fault. This is a man, who is incompetent, but believes him ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an epic of a novel, another one of Hans Fallada's excursions into the depths of humans beings utterly vile to one another and the futile fight of man against the system. There is no redemption and there is no way you can crawl out of your situation, everything is ultimately doomed. But, despite the relentlessness of human misery, there is a tiny glimmer of hope for the main character(s), and there are moments when you cheer out loud,'you can do it..' and for those fractions of seconds w ...more
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Jun 25, 2015 Adam McPhee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emil Bruhn; eleven years a slave, friendly, hard-working, with such few and trifling claims on life: the pictures, a girl and a modest job. And what had been the end of it all? An ex-convict was always an ex-convict. The most humane punishment would be to hang them all on the spot.

I understand the urge to abridge Hans Fallada, given that he has a tendency to overwrite, but it occasionally felt like something important was missing in this translation by Eric Sutton.

Still, every stage of Willi Ku
Jeff Buddle
May 22, 2014 Jeff Buddle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Willi Kufalt can’t catch a break. Released from prison, he tries to go straight but an ex-con just doesn't get a fair shake in 1930s Germany where he’s forced to work for half what he’s worth, mistrusted by cops, and picked up for crimes he didn't commit. And just when things seem to be going good (he’s got a job, a girlfriend, and rich prospects) things fall apart. This is my first Hans Fallada novel and it’s great, a perfectly tuned chronicle of the down-and-out and the frustrations of trying ...more
Marin Popa
I was gripped by the first half of the book - the author knew how to tell a story and I followed every detail, curious to see where is going, despite the title, which was a spoiler alert.
In the second part, the main character which almost got himself out of the predicament takes a sudden 180 degree turn to prove the title. His actions are less credible despite the predictability suggested the title.
I know that the book wanted to reflect a sad reality, the sometimes impossible reintegration of t
Jul 13, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of the most tragic books I've ever read. Not that it was filled to the brim with constant death or anything like that. It's just that I could practically feel Willi Kufalt's exhaustion rising up from the pages. Ex-convicts have rough lives to begin with, and this book makes it obvious that it was even worst in 1930s Germany. The characterization was spot on. This desperate guy, struggling to make his way in the world, but having to resort to crime again and again because it ...more
Cooper Renner
Of the several Fallada books I've read, the classics are Every Man Dies Alone and Little Man What Now? Once a Jailbird is good, but no more. It reminded me in some ways of Döblin's Alexanderplatz Berlin, which is a much stronger and more artistic book.
Aug 15, 2012 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no escaping the past, certainly not for Willi Kufalt. No matter how far he goes or how much he tries life just refuses to be fair. Fallada draws you masterfully into this story of trial and desperation; despite all of Kufalt's mistakes you want him to prevail, to overcome.

As a critique of the German parole system in the first half of the twentieth century Once a Jailbird instills in you a desire for reform and redemption, a jailbird does not always need to be a jailbird. As a descriptio
Jan 15, 2014 Celia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
I was very disappointed in this book. I enjoyed very much Fallada's book Everyone Dies Alone.

This book I found very hard to follow-it may be the translation. I had a hard time figuring who said what. There may have been a lot of German slang used in the book which was hard to translate.

There was not much suspense because you know things are going to go well for the main characters.

Wilde Sky
A man is released from a prison in the 1930s and tries to make a new life for himself in Hamburg.

I found this to be an unsatisfying read. The plot was bogged down in low level detail (making the pace very slow) and the language was dry / academic in nature (but this make have been the translation).

I didn’t enjoy it as much as ‘Alone in Berlin’.
Sylvie Adams
This book didn't have as much impact as 'Alone in Berlin' but was still a good read. Set in pre-Nazi Germany it tells the story of a petty thief trying to make it on the outside. Quite humorous in places,and dark in others, I would recommend it.
This is not his best work but worth a read
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Hans Fallada, born Rudolf Wilhelm Adolf Ditzen in Greifswald, was one of the most famous German writers of the 20th century. His novel, LITTLE MAN, WHAT NOW? is generally considered his most famous work and is a classic of German literature. Fallada's pseudonym derives from a combination of characters found in the Grimm fairy tales: The protagonist of Lucky Hans and a horse named Falada in The Goo ...more
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