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The Seventh Day

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First published in Germany, copyright 1957, under the title Keiner kommt davon; English translation copyright 1959:
A macabre story of humankind's last seven days on earth. This book was written in the late 1950's at the height of the Cold War. Rioting begins in communist Poland, the USSR invades, riots spread to East Germany & so on. The book has 5 or 6 main characters
Paperback, 383 pages
Published 1965 by Pyramid Books (NY) (first published 1957)
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Armin Hennig
Feb 24, 2015 Armin Hennig rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mit den besten Absichten einen Stern erzielt.

Ich befürchte, ich habe dieses seinerzeit aus konjunkturellen Gründen (Nato-Doppelbeschluss) vom Golddmann-Verlag wieder ausgebuddelte Relikt von Anno 1957 schon mal an einem Sonntagnachmittag in den Achtzigern überflogen und so wenig ernst genommen, dass ich es gleich wieder vergessen habe.
Im Kontext Arno-Schmidtscher Atom-Endzeit-Phantasien (Schwarze Spiegel/KAFF) und ohne die Entrüstung von Anno 1983ff war die Lektüre nicht ganz so ärgerlich, trotz
Jun 26, 2013 Mmyoung rated it it was ok
Disappointing. Some of the cardboard quality of the characterizations may lie with the translation/or nonetheless a book that purports to demonstrate how existing tensions in Europe could escalate into a nuclear war needs to be peopled by believable people who act in recognizably human ways else the entire point of the project fails.
Erik Graff
Oct 10, 2008 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in WWIII fiction
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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I grew up during the Cold War, horribly fascinated by the apparent probability of nuclear holocaust. Kirst's novel, published in 1957, is a grimly plausible European perspective on how such a thing might come about.
Jun 21, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
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Chilling book about a political conflict evolving into a nuclear war in Europe in the early cold war.
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A veteran from WW II, he wrote various novels focused on military life and the corruption in the army.

Hans Hellmut Kirst, der international erfolgreichste deutsche Autor der Nachkriegszeit, wurde am 5. Dezember 1914 in Osterode in Ostpreußen als Sohn eines Gendarmeriebeamten geboren. Von 1933 bis 1945 diente Kirst als Berufssoldat. Mit seiner später verfilmten Romantrilogie „08/15“, seinen Welterf
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