A tie-in edition to accompany the major new film starring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson.
Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. When unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel receive the news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France, they are shocked out of their quiet existence and begin a silent campaign of defiance. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo Inspector Escherich in Fallada's desperately tense and heartbreaking exploration of resistance in impossible circumstances.
“A page-turning moral thriller, based on fact, of a working-class German couple and their small-scale attempts to resist Nazi rule in Berlin. Bleak, chilling, utterly compelling and unforgettable”
“[This novel] suggests that resistance to evil is rarely straightforward, mostly futile, and generally doomed. Yet to the novel's aching, unanswered question: 'Does it matter?' there is in this strange and compelling story to be found a reply in the affirmative. Primo Levi had it right: This is the great novel of German resistance”
“A classic study of a paranoid society. Fallada's scope is extraordinary. Alone in Berlin is . . . as morally powerful as anything I've ever read”
“A rediscovered masterpiece that makes you want to seek out more works by this great chronicler of events in my own lifetime”
Barry Humphries, Sunday Telegraph
“Fallada's great novel, beautifully translated by the poet Michael Hofmann, evokes the daily horror of life under the Third Reich, where the venom of Nazism seeped into the very pores of society, poisoning every aspect of existence. It is a story of resistance, sly humour and hope”
Ben Macintyre, The Times