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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5129 KB
  • Print Length: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House; Unabridged edition (27 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00480OBQM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Although this novel has been translated into English before, it was not a complete version. However now Thorsten Carstensen and Nicholas Jacobs have added to Philip Owens' 1938 translation to give us this masterpiece in its entirety for the first time.

Hans Fallada wrote here an absolutely gripping and faithful tale about what life was like in the time of what we call the Weimer Republic. After losing the First World War, Germany was placed in a very difficult position due to the Treaty of Versailles. Inflation soared to unprecedented heights and both extremist left and right organisations sought to overthrow the government. This novel opens in 1923, a year when a fifty million Mark note in September was worth one US Dollar, and within a few weeks was worthless. Life was hard for everyone, and only foreign currency was really worth anything.

When you first start to read this you may think that it will be just mainly about the love and lives of Wolfgang and Petra, who Wolfgang calls Peter. However there is so much more in this saga that divides itself between Berlin and Neulohe (which is about thirteen miles from the Polish border). This sweeping saga brings to life the people and the problems of the period, indeed in some ways I thought this was reminiscent of the great Dostoevsky, filled with some truly unforgettable characters. This is most certainly a masterpiece, and by many is considered to be a greater work than Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics). For anyone who loves reading great litetature, instead of the usual humdrum material that is usually in the bestseller charts this book is a must have.

There is just so much here in this sprawling novel that I wholeheartedly recommend it to be read. Included is also an afterword on why this was originally edited, etc.
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This book can be recommended primarily as a unique work of authentic storytelling. It is set in the midst of unfolding dramatic events in post first world war Germany prior to the rise of the Nazis. A riveting period of European history which the author successfully conveys through characters and events that are directly influenced by contemporary influences. The book is a masterly example of "zeitgeist" culture and stands the test of time considering it was originally published in 1938. Fallada was taking considerable risks with this project. However the authorities probably saw his work as both a critique of the politically weak administration in 1923 and a treatise on the ability of German character to overcome adversity.
They would not have seen the writer's subtlety in describing how the German people were caught up in a nightmare of insecurity,economic collapse, corruption and decadence following the humiliation of military defeat at the hand of the allies in 1918 (followed by the Treaty of Versailles) and how these factors were creating near perfect conditions for national weakness and collective neurosis resulting in both passive acceptance and fervent zeal for the propoganda that allowed the Nazi party to gain power in Germany in 1933.
This remarkable novel is one of the best literary works to throw some light on the definitve question of this or any other age-just how could it happen? I would recommend to anyone looking to put this era into the context of Europe in the 20th century and what it could signify for the Europe of today to read Fallada's novels.
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Germany 1923: with exponential deflation, ever-rising poverty in the cities, and the French occupation of the Ruhr in the background, Fallada follows the fortunes of three ex-soldiers who had fought together in WWI but who now, like most of their countrymen, are struggling to make sense of the present state of chaos.

The soldiers move from hunger-, drink-, cocaine-, prostitution- and gambling-stricken Berlin to what they imagine will be a better life in the countryside, however their hopes are disappointed: around them, a downward spiral of recklessness, infatuation, envy and revenge takes its toll. In the surrounding countryside, disaffected soldiers are preparing a putsch against the government. Prisoners are let out of their confinement to gather the harvest. People with different political allegiances and ideologies roam the forests. Each of the three soldiers has to come to terms with his own demons, as he realizes that the courage which equipped him to be a hero during the war is of no use in this type of civilian life.

I won't say anything about the plot, just encourage you to read this novel, which is now avalable in a faithful translation, that reinstates the parts of the text that were dropped in the 1938 English translation.

As I read this novel, another author came to mind: John Maynard Keynes. In his 1919 book, John Maynard Keynes: The Economic Consequences of the Peace, he foresaw events that would take place in Germany, in only a few years, and Fallada's novel describes the coming true of Keynes's worst fears.
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