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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and Unabridged
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...
Published on 19 May 2010 by M. Dowden

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2.0 out of 5 stars Pass!
I have attempted reading "Wolf Among Wolves" on several occasions but have given up for a variety of reasons. The most obvious one has to be the shocking quality of the translation. Some of the language is so archaic, it's barely recognisable. Also, the translator seems to be slugging his way through the text, as if he's in as much of a hurry as Fallada clearly was to get...
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99 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and Unabridged, 19 May 2010
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M. Dowden (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forensic,literary study of disturbing times, 2 Aug. 2010
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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. Also Thomas Mann's "Buddenbrooks" which deals with Germany during its 19th century period of Teutonic power and social repression and "The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink a recent novel dealing with post Nazi era trauma and moral consciousness. Hans Fallada's works brilliantly cover the period in between depicting the decline of Germany ("Wolf among Wolves") and life under the Nazis("Alone in Berlin").
One of the themes of this book is the conflicting culture of the generations from the strict discipline and repression of the old order to the more self centred,live for today attitudes following the 1914-1918 war and one can see parallels with modern Britain. The lessons for Europe and the European Union are especially relevant following the recent financial crisis and immigration issues. The EEC was forged out of a desire to ensure a peaceful Europe after the last great conflict so that we can benefit today from the eradication of fanaticism and extremism. Fallada's depiction of Germany between the wars,his exceptional plotting and characterisation, offering both clarity and authentic insight into human behaviour during a period of national crisis makes one think. Surely it couldn't happen again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs an investment of time, but well worth the read, 24 Nov. 2012
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Josie "josiecrimp" (Farnham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Wolf among Wolves is a fascinating read, but also requires a certain investment of time - the book stands at nearly 800 pages, and invokes a wide sweep of characters for the reader to keep track of. However, reading this book is absolutely worth the effort involved. So much European history focuses on the two World Wars, forgetting about the places of insanity in between, and this story helps to increase your understanding of the tragedies - however small and personal - engendered by the extreme inflation in 1920s/30s Germany. You cannot but sympathise with the characters as they move from optimism, through pain to desperation. I don't read German so I can't compare with the original, but the translation feels smooth, and is easy to access whilst retaining appropriate German vocabulary.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from Fallada, 8 Feb. 2011
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If you've read any of Fallada's other books you'll like this one too.
It's longer, at almost 800 pages and much slower moving than is typical of the Author, but the quality of his prose never wavers and his brilliance is on every page.

It's Fallada's rich depth of characters, where even the simplest of people can at times be complex and his rich understanding of human nature and it's intricacies and foibles that make his writing so appealing.

Set in 1923, in a Germany whose economy has collapsed and poverty and crime are rampant everywhere. As are thieves, corruption and massive daily inflation.
There's rioting in the streets and soldiers living rough and foraging in the forests.
The book is subtle in its criticism of the Nazi's that were coming into power and becoming a monster with momentum, yet it is obvious enough to see it.
Published in 1938, it's easy to see how Fallada feared this book would cause him death by Nazi retribution.

Perhaps this is why previous versions of this book were heavily edited, with chapters missing. This is the whole and complete unabridged version and it's a cracking novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic tale, 9 Jan. 2011
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This is a truly underrated book which tells the tale of two young people trying to survive during the Weimar Republic. Set against the backdrop of Thirties Berlin, it charts the progress of Wolf, a gambling addict who has lost the trust of his girlfriend and is cast adrift in a dangerous world where political intrigue threatens to suck him in. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the growth of Naziism and economic failur in the inter-war years in Germany. But it also has a great deal of human interest and warmth, is at times both funny and shocking. Altogether on the best reads you could ever have and one of my all-time favourite books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fallada's novel confirmed J.M. Keynes's worst fears, 22 Nov. 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hans Fallada, 28 Jan. 2014
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I received this morning my book. I am very happy with it. After a few problems with the delivery (probably the first book got lost in the post) . I can only say. The Service I got was excellent. Thank you so much. Now I have the books from Fallada I wanted more or less completed except one "Es muss nicht immer Caviar sein" in English, but it seems only available as a collectors item and therefore to expensive. But I keep searching.
Thank You very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wolf among wolves, 19 May 2013
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I had read and enjoyed Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada and sought other books by Fallada. I found and enjoyed reading Wolf among Wolves
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pass!, 10 April 2013
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I have attempted reading "Wolf Among Wolves" on several occasions but have given up for a variety of reasons. The most obvious one has to be the shocking quality of the translation. Some of the language is so archaic, it's barely recognisable. Also, the translator seems to be slugging his way through the text, as if he's in as much of a hurry as Fallada clearly was to get the job done. The story grips in parts but there are too many digressions, secondary characters diluting the tension, confusing and muddying the narrative. Fallada is an interesting, original writer. But the quality of his stuff really varies alarmingly. A lot depends on how much he felt in control of the demons that he battled privately. You can start with "Little Man, What Now?", his masterpiece; "The Drinker" and "The Jailbird" are good and darkly comic. "Alone In Berlin" has its moments but the suspense gets dissipated. "A Small Circus" is well-translated but dull. Just my opinion... But don't let it stop you!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book, 22 Mar. 2011
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I'm a big fan of Hans Fallada anyway so this book was fantastic for me. The characters were great (even the moody, childish Rittmeister and he's sneeky father-in-law von Teschow). Raeder was wonderfully creepy as well with his "fish-like stare".
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