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Nightmare in Berlin

by Hans Fallada Author · Allan Blunden Translator

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Available for the first time in English, here is an unforgettable novel about the desolation of Hitler's post-war Germany.

The war is over, yet Dr. Doll, a loner and "moderate pessimist," lives in constant fear. By night, he is still haunted by nightmarish images of the bombsite in which he is trapped-he, and the rest of Germany. More than anything, he wishes to vanquish the demon of collective guilt, but he is unable to right any wrongs, especially in his position as mayor of a small town in northeast Germany that has been occupied by the Red Army.

Dr. Doll flees this place for Berlin, where he finds escape in a morphine addiction: each dose is a "small death." He tries to make his way in the chaos of a city torn apart by war, accompanied by his young wife, who shares his addiction. Fighting to save two lives, he tentatively begins to believe in a better future.

Nightmare in Berlin captures the demoralized and desperate atmosphere of postwar Germany in a way that has never been matched or surpassed.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Blackstone Publishing
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2017

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 232 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 232 MB

Hans Fallada (Author)

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 ...

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Allan Blunden (Translator)

Allan Blunden is a British translator who specializes 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 St...

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