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Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
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May 22, 2010

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Read from May 22 to 23, 2010

It certainly was gripping, and some of the awkwardnesses (neologisms, clunkiness) are probably translation, but after I read the author's biography, the book fell at least a notch and a half for me. Fallada was your ordinary Ordinary German, whose taste for addictive substances landed him in trouble with the uber folk from time to time, but mostly he wrote to please them as long as they were around to be pleased. And he survived, quite handily. Then the war is over, and now he's got to please and appease his new Soviet overlords. So he writes this heavy handed tale of Good Germans tragically bucking the regime and taking pity on old Jews, with some healthy socialist realist love for the worker and the peasant thrown in. At least as problematic as Irene Nemirovsky and nowhere near as well written.
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