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Every Man Dies Alone

Special 10th Anniversary Edition

592 Pages

Published September 2019

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About the Book

This never-before-translated masterpiece—by a heroic best-selling writer who saw his life crumble when he wouldn’t join the Nazi Party—is based on a true story.

It presents a richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis and tells the sweeping saga of one working-class couple who decides to take a stand when their only son is killed at the front. With nothing but their grief and each other against the awesome power of the Reich, they launch a simple, clandestine resistance campaign that soon has an enraged Gestapo on their trail, and a world of terrified neighbors and cynical snitches ready to turn them in.

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, and for each other.

Praises

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

“Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone is one of the most extraordinary and compelling novels ever written about World War II. Ever. Fallada lived through the Nazi hell, so every word rings true–this is who they really were: the Gestapo monsters, the petty informers, the few who dared to resist. Please, do not miss this.”
—Alan Furst

“A signal literary event of 2009 has occurred. Rescued from the grave, from decades of forgetting, [Every Man Dies Alone] testifies to the lasting value of an intact, if battered, conscience. In a publishing hat trick, Melville House allows English-language readers to sample Fallada’s vetiginous variety [and] the keen vision of a troubled man in troubled times, with more breadth, detail, and understanding than most other chroniclers of the era have delivered. 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 arm and whispers in your ear: ‘This is how it was. This is what happened.’”
New York Times Book Review

Every Man Dies Alone…deserves a place among the 20th century’s best novels of political witness.”
—Sam Munson, The National

Every Man Dies Alone [is] a suspense-driven novel…one-of-a-kind.”
—Alan Furst, Toronto Globe and Mail

Every Man Dies Alone [is] one of the most immediate and authentic fictional accounts of life during the long nightmare of Nazi rule.”
The New York Observer

“Primo Levi…called this “the greatest book ever written about the German resistance to the Nazis.” It is, in retrospect, an understatement. This is a novel that is so powerful, so intense, that it almost hums with electricity.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

” [Every Man Dies Alone] has the suspense of a John le Carré novel, and offers a visceral, chilling portrait of the distrust that permeated everyday German life during the war.”
The New Yorker

“[A]t once a riveting page turner and a memorable portrait of wartime Berlin…With its vivid cast of characters and pervasive sense of menace, Every Man Dies Alone is an exciting book.”
—John Powers for Fresh Air / NPR Books We Like

Top “Summer Read” pick
—On Point Raido, WBUR

“…a belated revelation.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“…necessary and gripping.”
The Oregonian
Now a Major Motion Picture - ALONE IN BERLIN

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

“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

“It has something of the horror of Conrad, the madness of Dostoyevsky and the chilling menace of Capote’s In Cold Blood…. In the quiet Quangels, Fallada has created an immortal symbol of those who fight back against ‘the vile beyond all vileness’ and so redeem us all.” —Roger Cohen, The New York Times

“An unrivalled and vivid portrait of life in wartime Berlin.”Philip Kerr, author of the “Berlin Noir” novels

“Has the suspense of a John le Carré novel … visceral, chilling.”The New Yorker

“One of the most extraordinarily ambitious literary resurrections in recent memory.”The Los Angeles Times

“A one-of-a-kind novel … Fallada can be seen as a hero, a writer-hero who survived just long enough to strike back at his oppressors.”The Globe and Mail

“Stunningly vivid characters … gets you inside Nazi Germany like no other novel.”The San Francisco Chronicle

“Essential, thrilling.” The St. Petersburg Times

“This is a novel that is so powerful, so intense, that it almost hums with electricity.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“The greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis.”
—Primo Levi

“Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone is one of the most extraordinary and compelling novels ever written about World War II. Ever. Fallada lived through the Nazi hell, so every word rings true–this is who they really were: the Gestapo monsters, the petty informers, the few who dared to resist. Please, do not miss this.”
—Alan Furst

“A signal literary event of 2009 has occurred. Rescued from the grave, from decades of forgetting, [Every Man Dies Alone] testifies to the lasting value of an intact, if battered, conscience. In a publishing hat trick, Melville House allows English-language readers to sample Fallada’s vetiginous variety [and] the keen vision of a troubled man in troubled times, with more breadth, detail, and understanding than most other chroniclers of the era have delivered. 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 arm and whispers in your ear: ‘This is how it was. This is what happened.’”
New York Times Book Review

Every Man Dies Alone…deserves a place among the 20th century’s best novels of political witness.”
—Sam Munson, The National

Every Man Dies Alone [is] a suspense-driven novel…one-of-a-kind.”
—Alan Furst, Toronto Globe and Mail

Every Man Dies Alone [is] one of the most immediate and authentic fictional accounts of life during the long nightmare of Nazi rule.”
The New York Observer

“Primo Levi…called this “the greatest book ever written about the German resistance to the Nazis.” It is, in retrospect, an understatement. This is a novel that is so powerful, so intense, that it almost hums with electricity.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

” [Every Man Dies Alone] has the suspense of a John le Carré novel, and offers a visceral, chilling portrait of the distrust that permeated everyday German life during the war.”
The New Yorker

“[A]t once a riveting page turner and a memorable portrait of wartime Berlin…With its vivid cast of characters and pervasive sense of menace, Every Man Dies Alone is an exciting book.”
—John Powers for Fresh Air / NPR Books We Like

Top “Summer Read” pick
—On Point Raido, WBUR

“…a belated revelation.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“…necessary and gripping.”
The Oregonian
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

“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

“I very much enjoyed the rediscovery of Hans Fallada, the German writer … a wonderful novel. Compelling.”
—Ian McEwan

“An unrivalled and vivid portrait of life in wartime Berlin.”
Philip Kerr, author of the “Berlin Noir” novels


“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.”
New York Times Book Review

“Has the suspense of a John le Carré novel … visceral, chilling ….”
The New Yorker

“One of the most extraordinarily ambitious literary resurrections in recent memory ….”
The Los Angeles Times

“A one-of-a-kind novel … Fallada can be seen as a hero, a writer-hero who survived just long enough to strike back at his oppressors.”
The Globe and Mail

“Stunningly vivid characters … gets you inside Nazi Germany like no other novel.”
The San Francisco Chronicle

“Essential, thrilling.”
The St. Petersburg Times

“A masterpiece.”
Nextbook

“This is a novel that is so powerful, so intense, that it almost hums with electricity.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“It has something of the horror of Conrad, the madness of Dostoyevsky and the chilling menace of Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood.’… In the quiet Quangels, Fallada has created an immortal symbol of those who fight back against ‘the vile beyond all vileness’ and so redeem us all.”
—Roger Cohen, The New York Times

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