Every Man Dies Alone
Every Man Dies Alone
By Hans Fallada
Translated by Michael Hofmann
A New York Times Notable Book of 2009
One of the New Yorker‘s Favorite Fiction Books of 2009
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2009
A Toronto Globe & Mail‘s Best Book of 2009
A Sunday Telegraph Best Book of 2009
“The greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis.”—Primo Levi
“Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone is one of the most extraordinary and compelling novels ever written about World War II. Ever. Please do not miss this.” —Alan Furst
“Mother! The Führer has murdered my son. Mother! The Führer will murder your sons too, he will not stop till he has brought sorrow to every home in the world.”
So reads the first message of the ambitious postcard campaign, staged in 1941 by an unassuming, middle-aged couple. Once politically ambivalent, they are willed to act by the loss of their son, a conscripted soldier who had no interest in warfare. Meanwhile, Inspector Escherich has been tasked with snuffing out the insurrection; to fail would spell certain death at the hands of his punitive overseer.
What ensues is a thriller set an era dominated by paranoia, reportage and cynicism; in which survival and empathy clashed, fear dominated and the smallest insubordination was a death-defying act.
Every Man Dies Alone is loosely based on the real-life resistance posed by Otto and Elise Hampel, whose Gestapo files were passed on to Fallada in 1945. Hans Fallada(1893-1947) had garnered a reputation for objective narrative style and and anti-authoritarian leanings. His novels were heavily censored by the Nazis and lost after WWII.
This edition brings Every Man Dies Alone to English for the first time, translated by the critically-acclaimed Robert Hoffman. Also included are never before translated essays and letters by the author, an afterword telling of Hans Fallada's life, excerpts from the original Gestapo files and a readers' guide for book clubs.
Melville House, 2010
Originally Published in 1947
5.5 x 1.4 x 8.3 inches
Historical Romance, Thriller