Nightmare in Berlin (häftad)
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Häftad (Paperback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
288
Utgivningsdatum
2017-09-14
Upplaga
B format paperback
Förlag
Scribe Publications
Översättare
Allan Blunden
Originalspråk
German
Dimensioner
200 x 137 x 21 mm
Vikt
278 g
ISBN
9781911344506
Nightmare in Berlin (häftad)

Nightmare in Berlin

Häftad Engelska, 2017-09-14
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An unforgettable portrayal of the physical and psychological devastation wrought in the homeland by Hitler's war. April, 1945. The war is over, yet Dr Doll - the mayor of small town in Russian-occupied north-east Germany - lives in constant fear. Haunted by nightmarish images of the bombsite in which he and his fellow Germans are trapped, he wishes to vanquish the demon of collective guilt, but he is unable to right any wrongs. Fleeing to Berlin, he and his young wife find solace in morphine addiction, as they try to make their way in the chaos of a city torn apart by war. Written with Fallada's distinctive power and vividness, Nightmare in Berlin captures the demoralised and desperate atmosphere of post-war Germany in a way that has never been matched or surpassed. The translation of this work was supported by a grant from the Goethe-Institut which is funded by the German Ministry of the Arts.
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'I was very struck by the immediacy of Fallada's writing in this book - it feels fresh, modern and direct ... [his] ability to find glimpses of light amidst the darkness makes him a striking chronicler of his time.' -- Mariella Frostrup BBC Radio 4 'Open Book' 'Here was a writer whose courage was to stay behind and turn his suffering and the suffering of others into extra-ordinary literature.' -- Tobias Grey Financial Times 'Nightmare in Berlin is an unfalteringly honest and often terrifying insight into the difficulties faced and inner conflicts fought by Germans after the war.' -- Claire Kohda Hazelton The Observer '[Nightmare in Berlin] begins in gripping style and is fascinating on the mentality of a population brought to its knees.' -- Anthony Gardner The Mail on Sunday '[Fallada's] account of the agonized internal conflict of a writer, torn between the self-protective instinct to detach himself from the horror that surrounds him and the imperative to bear witness to it, has the appalled urgency of confession with little hope of absolution. Rawer and more unevenly wrought than Alone in Berlin, Nightmare in Berlin is the necessary precursor to that great work.' New Statesman 'This is a tense, atmospheric, almost dreamlike novel, shifting between moods of despair and hope. It is rich in internal stories ... bold, strident, ironic and often ambivalent fiction.' -- Eileen Battersby The Irish Times 'Painful and poignant.' -- Elizabeth Buchan Daily Mail 'A tale of survival in [post-war Berlin]'s ruins.' The Sunday Times '[Nightmare in Berlin] evokes the apathy and despair of postwar Germany with chilling resonance and the author's trademark humanity.' -- Eileen Battersby The Irish Times '[Fallada] digs deep into -the human psyche to explore guilt - both collective and individual - and the battle to stay sane while surrounded by chaos ... [His] character studies and local colour - whether of gritty cityscape or lurid dreamscape - prove consistently captivating ... A mesmerising portrait of shattered lives.' The National 'In this splendid novel, Fallada portrays the despondency and apathy of the German people in this strange period. The last months of the war are described with masterly skill, as well as the subsequent capitulation, the arrival of the Russian troops, the way in which the middle class, the 'bourgeoisie' must adapt to this new environment, and the moral decline of the population.' Zwiebelfisch 'A densely packed chronicle that is of both literary and historical value ... That this is furthermore a gripping and brilliantly written work goes without saying.' Berliner Zeitung 'Nightmare in Berlin is the symbol for everything that happened after the end of the war.' Der Tagesspiegel 'Nightmare in Berlin represents a crucial moment in Fallada's realisation that it is not the ruins, but human lives that count.' Norddeutsche Zeitung 'A strikingly honest book, a piece of human history.' Frankfurter Neue Presse 'One reads the story of Dr. Doll, who is crushed by a nightmarish existence in a city of ruins, with intense sympathy.' Freiheit Dusseldorf 'The book that cleared the way for Alone in Berlin.' -- Jenny Williams, author of More Lives Than One: a biography of Hans Fallada 'A vital, painful examination of a devastated, morally bereft city.' The Listener

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Hans Fallada (1893-1947) was the pen name of German author Rudolf Ditzen, whose books were international bestsellers on a par with those of his countrymen Thomas Mann and Hermann Hesse. He opted to stay in Germany when the Nazis came to power, and eventually had a nervous breakdown when he was put under pressure to write anti-Semitic books. He was cast into a Nazi insane asylum, where he secretly wrote The Drinker. Immediately after the war he wrote his last two novels, Nightmare in Berlin and Alone in Berlin, but he died before either book was published. Dr Allan Blunden is a British translator who specialises in German literature. He is best known for his translation of Erhard Eppler's The Return of the State? which won the Schlegel-Tieck Prize. He has also translated biographies of Heidegger and Stefan Zweig, and the prison diary of Hans Fallada.