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Ognuno muore solo

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«Il libro più importante che sia mai stato scritto sulla resistenza tedesca al nazismo» (Primo Levi). Ognuno muore solo (uscito nel 1947) è basato su una storia vera, rielaborazione letteraria dell’inchiesta della Gestapo che portò alla decapitazione due coniugi berlinesi di mezz’età. Hans Fallada, massimo autore del neorealismo weimariano, ormai alcolizzato, dipendente da ...more
Paperback, La Memoria #832, 740 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Sellerio (first published 1947)
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
«Μητέρα, ο Φύρερ σκότωσε τον γιο μου…»

Βερολίνο 1940. Αρχές του Βπαγκοσμίου πολέμου. Το χιτλερικό καθεστώς στο απώτερο μεγαλείο του. Η ναζιστική αθλιότητα και η τρομοκρατία του Γράιχ παραλύουν και ματώνουν την ανθρωπότητα.

Εστιάζουμε στους Γερμανούς πολίτες την εποχή εκείνη.
Συγκεκριμένα σε μια πολυκατοικία και τους ενοίκους της σε μια λαϊκή γειτονιά του Βερολίνου. Οι ένοικοι αντιπροσωπεύουν όλες τις πολιτικές και κοινωνικές τάσεις.

Ο συνταξιούχος,αδέκαστος δικαστής Φρόμ, με γνώμονα των πράξεων τ
Apr 25, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii, german, top-10-2012
Loved this.

But first, some context:

Hans Fallada is the pen name of Rudolf Ditzen. At the age of 18, Ditzen and a friend went out in the countryside and, in the manner of duellists, fired guns at each other over some adolescent sexual rutting. The friend missed, but Ditzen's aim was true. Taking his friend's gun, Ditzen shot himself in the chest, but survived. For the first of many times, Ditzen was committed to a sanatorium for the mentally ill. Released, Ditzen turned to alcohol and narcotics.
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Θα μπορούσαμε να δημιουργούμε καλύτερους πολίτες, αν σε ένα εκπαιδευτικό σύστημα αντί για εξετάσεις είχαμε εργασίες με υποχρεωτική ανάγνωση τέτοιων συγκλονιστικών βιβλίων.
Jul 01, 2011 Praj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should express thanks to Gudrun Burwitz, for if it was not for her ruthless news, I would not have found a brilliant book that stands for every belief which Ms. Burwitz expels from her very survival. Couple weeks ago, a news article describing Burwitz as the new “Nazi grandmother” made me explore further for its validity. Ms. Burwitz who at the ripe age of 81, still strives hard to support and nurture the most modern breed of Nazis ,keeping alive the malicious work and memory of her father Hei ...more
Bettie's Books

Re-visit 2015 via R4x:Primo Levi's declaration that Alone in Berlin is "the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis" is bold and unequivocal. English readers have had to wait 60 years to explore the 1947 novel in which Otto Quangel, a factory foreman (Ron Cook) and his wife Anna (Margot Leicester) believe themselves morally obliged to take on the full might of the Nazis.

When their son is killed "for Fuhrer and Fatherla
Violet wells

"Then he picked up the pen and said softly, but clearly, "The first sentence of our first card will read: Mother! The Führer has murdered my son."....At that instant she grasped that this very first sentence was Otto's absolute and irrevocable declaration of war, and also what that meant: war between, on the one side, the two of them, poor, small, insignificant workers who could be extinguished for just a word or two, and on the other, the Führer, the Party, the whole apparatus in all its power
Dec 24, 2009 brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
after losing their son to the war, berlin residents otta and anna quangel launch a mini-revolt against the reich and fuhrer in the form of postcards around the city which speak subversive messages directly to the people. read in the age of twitter and viral videos, this seems, at once, awfully quaint and particularly profound. there was a time, i gather, when words mattered; when there didn't exist a barrage of partisan wingnuts flooding the zeitgeist with nonsense. but lemme skip the cranky old ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books make you work for it. They're not easy, they're difficult, they're sprawling and slow and undecided. Until they're not. Until you feel the gigantic heart beating at its nervous center, its unabashed humanity and intelligence.
It took me 250 pages to fully get into this one, and suddenly it took a turn and I was hooked like never before by its vital urgency. The characters were full-fleshed, fully realized, flawed and magnificent at the same time. The novel rushed towards its inevitabl
This Queen
Jan 08, 2017 This Queen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
- Μήπως είναι, πως να το πω, κάπως λίγο αυτό που θέλεις να κάνεις?
Μπορεί να είχε δίκιο: Λίγο ή πολύ, κανείς δεν μπορεί να ρισκάρει τίποτα περισσότερο από την ίδια του τη ζωή. Κάθε άνθρωπος έχει διαφορετικές ικανότητες και διαφορετικό χαρακτήρα - το σημαντικό είναι να αντιστέκεσαι.

Όλη η ουσία αυτού του βιβλίου βρίσκεται στην παραπάνω φράση. Εξαιρετική αφήγηση και αναβίωση μιας εποχής και της αντίστασης που πρόβαλλαν στο ναζισμό κάποιοι -λίγοι- συνηθισμένοι άνθρωποι. Το "χτίσιμο" των δεύτερων χαρα
I read this while I was also reading Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilisation The Conquest of the Middle East . Bad idea. Very bad idea. Note to self: Reading two depressing books at the same time does not do good things to one's mood.

There has been a surge of interest in the German experience of World War II, particularly the experience of those who tried to resist the war mongering. This novel joins works like The Song Before It Is Sung A Novel , Valkyrie The Plot To Kill Hitler , and
Mar 18, 2013 Matilda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Εξαιρετικό!! Ένα από τα καλύτερα βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει ποτέ!!
Είναι τόσο πλούσιο σε αισθήματα και εικόνες που δεν μπορώ έτσι απλά να το περιγράψω με λέξεις.
Χαίρομαι πραγματικά που διάβασα ένα τέτοιο αριστουργηματικό βιβλίο, που παρά τον πόνο και το θάνατο που περιέχει, σε γεμίζει αισιοδοξία και θάρρος για τη ζωή βλέποντας πως υπήρξαν, υπάρχουν και θα υπάρχουν άνθρωποι όπως ο Ότο και η Άννα Κβάνγκελ.
Jan 24, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After having started 2011 with a couple of disappointing novels this one blew me away. Written in 1947 but set in the middle years of the war it follows a number of different characters ranging from the noble and kind through the naive and tragic to the utterly loathsome making a few stops at the fairly disgusting. All emotions are here and this reader certainly experienced quite a few of them himself.

The hero and heroine,(Fallada speaks of people in their fifties or even late forties as being
If I could have given this six stars, I would have.

Maybe it was because I read it in a day, or maybe because it was based on a true story, I know I will not forget this book for a long time.

Much WW2 literature is written from the view point of the English during the blitz, the French heading up the Resistence or the Nazi's wreaking evil. I think there is only Alone in Berlin and The Book Thief that I have read, which has given an insight into the dire situation that the ordinary Germans lived t
May 26, 2017 Chrysostomos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Αριστουργημα! Καταπληκτικός Φαλαντα αξιζει να διαβαστεί απο όλους!
Sep 10, 2015 Arwen56 rated it really liked it
Non conoscevo affatto né l’autore, né il romanzo. Sono stata indotta a prenderlo in mano dopo aver letto le recensioni di Sandra e di Roberto. E ho fatto bene a seguire i loro consigli, perché merita. A malapena riuscivo a posarlo, la sera, per andare a dormire. E sempre con dispiacere. Perché, nonostante lo stile asciutto, scevro da lungaggini, quasi “spartano” direi, ci si immerge poco a poco in un’atmosfera fatta di paura, di costante timore, di angoscia. Una cappa desolante di sfiducia, in c ...more
Esteban del Mal
Nazis: history's equivalent to that team that always gets trounced by the Harlem Globetrotters, the Washington Generals.

Every time you see Nazis in a movie or read of Nazis in book, you know that they're gonna get theirs in the end. It's akin to something like culturally accepted wisdom to dismiss them as caricatures. But they aren't caricatures (Godwin's Law notwithstanding) -- they existed (DO exist), and for a while there it looked like they might even run things. The period of their ascenda
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This is an absolutely devastating novel about Otto and Anna Quangel, an older working-class German couple during World War II who wrote anti-Nazi messages on postcards and left them around Berlin. The two work on their own, not part of any larger resistance movement, and they have no way of knowing whether their messages are having any effect. It gets off to a slow start, as the Quangels start their work and the authorities begin to take notice and sift through various suspects to find the culpr ...more
Dec 13, 2008 Chrissie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having read through 185 pages and disliking every minute spent with the book, I am stopping. All of my criticisms remain. Fallada wrote this book in 24 days. It shows. IF SOMEONE WANTS TO READ THIS BOOK - CONTACT ME, MAYBE WE CAN SWAP bOOKS!

P.S. I went back and reread the Kirkus review. I should have read the review more carefully. It is clearly stated that the characters are "archetypal to a fault". I recommend that carefully read Kirkus's review. Here follows a link to that review:
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This has got to be the best book I've read in months, at least. Certainly the best novel. I had been waiting for it for months (the library had only one copy and others were ahead of me), and it was worth it. I sat down and read the whole book in a single day.

The premise is excellent -- a perfectly ordinary, working-class German couple carries on their own private campaign of resistance by dropping postcards with anti-Nazi messages. I knew this was going to be a great story. But even more impres
Jan 02, 2013 Roberto rated it it was amazing
Lo scrittore tedesco Rudolf Ditzen, noto come Hans Fallada, tossicodipendente, alcolizzato, finito più volte in galera e in manicomio, scrisse nel 1946 in soli 24 giorni le 700 pagine del romanzo, basandosi sui fascicoli provenienti dalla Gestapo sulla vera storia dei coniugi Otto ed Elise Hampel (Quangel nel libro), lui operaio e lei casalinga, che decisero di opporsi al nazismo semplicemente lasciando per le vie di Berlino cartoline che invitavano i tedeschi a ribellarsi al nazismo.
Un atto che
Ana Carvalheira
Mar 12, 2017 Ana Carvalheira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O que sabemos nós sobre a resistência que os berlinenses fizeram ao estado nazi durante a 2ª Guerra Mundial? Sabemos que nem todos aderiram ao Partido ou comungavam da ideologia nacional-socialista mas conhecemos as suas histórias?

“Morrer Sozinho em Berlim” não é apenas mais um livro sobre o nazismo e as suas consequências no mundo … nesta narrativa, que começa com os festejos decorrentes da capitulação da França perante a Alemanha, somos introduzidos num mundo sórdido, de delações, roubos e as
October 31, 2016: Just learned from my friend, Kerstin, there is now a movie about this book, Alone in Berlin. I am not surprised. This is an amazing book. Dark, DARK, Dark, but so appropriate for this age we are living in ... preparatory, prophetic. Into our culture of death which teaches that nothing really matters comes a book and film which teaches the opposite; even our smallest little protests against this grinding machine COUNT. We count. Each and every one of us, from the very smallest u ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Nigeyb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hans Fallada was all but forgotten outside Germany when this 1947 novel, Alone in Berlin (US title: Every Man Dies Alone), was reissued in English in 2009, whereupon it became a best seller and reintroduced Hans Fallada's work to a new generation of readers.

I came to this book having read More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada by Jenny Williams, which was the perfect introduction into the literary world of Hans Fallada.

Alone In Berlin really brings alive the day-to-day hell of life u
Feb 10, 2016 Tasos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Χρονικό της μάταιης (;) αντίστασης ενός ηλικιωμένου ζευγαριού Γερμανών ενάντια στο ναζιστικό καθεστώς το βιβλίο του Fallada είναι αποκαλυπτικό ως προς την απεικόνιση της γερμανικής κοινωνίας στην περίοδο του Β παγκοσμίου πολέμου και δεν χαρακτηρίστηκε τυχαία από τον Primo Levi ως το σημαντικότερο βιβλίο για τη γερμανική αντίσταση στους Ναζί, καθώς τίποτα επικό και υπεράνθρωπο δεν εξιστορείται εδώ, αλλά η αντίσταση είναι ο μόνος φυσικός τρόπος του ανθρώπου να διατηρήσει την αξιοπρέπεια του στη φρ ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Frankie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, germany-poland
Loved it.
Love historical fiction.
Very tense and dark. Great characters although all very unlikeable.
My edition had facts and pictures at the back of the real couple & story this book was based on.
Really interesting.
May 15, 2017 david rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arendt wrote of the 'banality of evil.' Fallada's book is maybe about the futility of good, or the absence of cohesion amongst those who were not endangered directly.

This WW2 story concerns non-Semitic Germans during this period. It melts into a pond of existentialism and it bespeaks another aspect of imperfect humanity.
Mar 14, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hans Fallada is the pen name of German writer Rudolf Ditzen. Starting his writing career in the 1920s, Fallada continued to write through the fall of the Weimar Republic, the Great Depression, and the rise of the Nazi Party to its rule of Germany. He stayed in Germany after the Nazis took power and managed to survive the war becoming an author of some note in Soviet-occupied Germany after the war.

Every Man Dies Alone looks at one couple's small act of resistance to the Nazis during the war. At t
Sep 26, 2016 Pedro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro extraño, diferente. Por las notas que están al final se infiere que el autor lo escribió en pocas semanas y no hizo correcciones al texto. La persona de la editorial que lo leyó le devolvió el manuscrito con algunas críticas que el autor no pudo ver, pues estaba ingresado en un hospital mortalmente enfermo. Falleció al poco tiempo. Corría el año 1947.

Me costó agarrarle el ritmo. Me pareció lento y no quedé completamente atrapado hasta pasar de la mitad. Sentí que algunos de los hecho
Ako bih roman morao svesti na par ključnih rečenica u kojima se sažima kompletan sadržaj onda bi to bile one kada se jednom sporednom liku Karlu obraća jedan još sporedniji lik (njegov prijatelj) Grigolajt:
„Oni su suviše glupi da znaju kakve zločine čine. Ali ti to znaš i ne poduzimaš ništa da ih sprečiš. Nisi li onda gori od nacista. Naravno da si gori!“
Suština ovih rečenica lebdi cijelim tokom radnje romana. Zaista, biti indiferentan na zločine koji se dešavaju u neposrednoj blizini svuda oko
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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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“As it was, we all acted alone, we were caught alone, and every one of us will have to die alone. But that doesn’t mean that we are alone.” 69 likes
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