Alone in Berlin (Jeder stirbt für sich allein) - Hans Fallada

Alone in Berlin (Jeder stirbt für sich allein)

Translated by Michael Hoffmann

Penguin Modern Classics
ISBN: 9780141189383


The story of how an uneducated couple began a quiet resistance against the Nazi regime is based on the real story of Otto and Elise Hampel, who ran an unsophiscated campaign of dropping postcards containing subversive content around Berlin. While the final fate for the couple is quite obvious right from the start (spoiler alert: it isn’t a happy ending), the novel is full of surprises, as it follows Gestapo Inspector Escherich’s hunt of the postcards writer as well as other minor characters, who try to survive (or fail to survive) the terrible situation.


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Copyright © Peter Y. Chuang 2019

Peter Y. Chuang is a Hong Kong-born novelist, short story writer, and a music critic who has lived in London at a time and now goes to Berlin semi-regularly for no good reason. When he’s not writing or reading, he’s probably playing with his cat, or listening to classical music, either at home or at one of the opera houses and concert halls in Germany. He uses Linux (current distro of choice: Arch Linux). Read more about his Linux stuff.