Alone in Berlin

Alone in Berlin - Penguin Modern Classics

1st paperback ed

Paperback (28 Jan 2010)

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Synopsis

THE ACCLAIMED INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

'One of the most extraordinary and compelling novels written about World War II. Ever' Alan Furst

Inspired by a true story, Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin is a gripping wartime thriller following one ordinary man's determination to defy the tyranny of Nazi rule


Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels receive the news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France. Shocked out of their quiet existence, they begin a silent campaign of defiance, and a deadly game of cat and mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. When petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen also become involved, deception, betrayal and murder ensue, tightening the noose around the Quangels' necks ...

This Penguin Classics edition contains an afterword by Geoff Wilkes, as well as facsimiles of the original Gestapo file which inspired the novel.

'Terrific ... a fast-moving, important and astutely deadpan thriller'
Irish Times

'An unrivalled and vivid portrait of life in wartime Berlin'
Philip Kerr

'To read Fallada's testament to the darkest years of the 20th century is to be accompanied by a wise, somber ghost who grips your shoulder and whispers into your ear: "This is how it was. This is what happened"'
The New York Times

Book information

ISBN: 9780141189383
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 833.912
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Sales rank: 14060
Number of pages: 588
Weight: 414g
Height: 197mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 28mm