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Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
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Aug 25, 2009

Read in August, 2009

Another gem from the pen of Hans Fallada. This is the story of Otto and Anna Quangel who take it upon themselves during the war in Berlin to write anti-Nazi postcards and leave them in buildings for people to find. (The Quangels are based on a real couple) This however is only part of a fully realized world created by Fallada who keeps a tension going throughout the book between ordinary people trying to make their way in war-time Germany and venal Nazi rulers. Fallada has created some great characters of fiction besides the Quangels; gambler and loser Enno Kluge, on-the-make Emil Borkhausen and conflicted detective inspector Escherich. The novel moves with deliberate and inevitable progression to its brutal conclusion in Nazi prisons but with the decency of its victims front and centre. Outstanding.

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