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  • Published: 8 October 2024
  • ISBN: 9781685891442
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $45.00

Every Man Dies Alone



"The greatest book ever written about the German resistance to the Nazis." — Primo Levi

This unflinching masterpiece based on a true story of resistance is more timely than ever, as fascist forces in the 20th century find their home in the rhetoric of the modern right wing political agenda.

"The greatest book ever written about the German resistance to the Nazis." — Primo Levi

This unflinching masterpiece based on a true story of resistance is more timely than ever, as fascist forces in the 20th century find their home in the rhetoric of the modern right wing political agenda.

Entering its 15th year of English translation, the brilliant Hans Fallada's account of what The New Yorker called “a visceral, chilling portrait of … everyday German life during the war" follows a working-class couple in Berlin and grieving the loss of their son, launch a campaign to oppose the Nazi regime.

Based on a true story from the files of the Gestapo, this sweeping saga of resistance is more relevant than ever in modern times, with the rise of right wing rhetoric echoed in global politics, and seen in increased book bannings and the reversal of womens' and LGBTQ+ rights in the US.

In the end, it’s more than an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more than a moving romance, even more than literature of the highest order—it’s a deeply stirring story of two people standing up for what’s right — even against impossible odds.

  • Published: 8 October 2024
  • ISBN: 9781685891442
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $45.00

About the author

Hans Fallada

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, The Nightmare and Alone in Berlin, but he died before either book could be published.

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Praise for Every Man Dies Alone

Named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Tornoto Globe & Mail, The London Telegraph, and many others . . .

"A signal literary event." — The New York Times Book Review

"The greatest book ever written about the German resistance to the Nazis." -- Primo Levi

"One of the most extraordinary and compelling novels ever written about World War II. Ever. ... Please, do not miss this." -- Alan Furst

"To read Every Man Dies Alone, Fallada's testament to the darkest years of the 20th century, is to be accompanied by a wise, somber ghost who grips your shoulder and whispers in your ear: "This is how it was. This is what happened." -- The New York Times Book Review