Hans Fallada: Alone in Berlin

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada was first published as Jeder stirbt für sich allein (Every Man Dies Alone) in 1947. The novel has since been translated by Michael Hofmann from the German into English. The story revolves around Otto and Anna Quangel, who are introduced at the beginning as an ordinary couple in Berlin…

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Primo Levi: If This is a Man

It’d be impossible to read Primo Levi’s “If This is a Man” and not be affected by it. The memoir, first published in Italian in 1947*, is about Levi’s time in Auschwitz, a place from which few** survived the Holocaust to tell the world their story. If This is a Man is one of the best books I’ve…

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Stefan Zweig: The World of Yesterday

One of the things I like about blogging is the wealth of information that is being exchanged. Now and then, someone leaves a comment on my blog that leads me to discover something new or interesting. This was how I came to learn of Stefan Zweig’s The World of Yesterday. Andrew – writing All Downhill from Here over in…

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