Beleuchtet wird unter anderem Falladas Beziehung zur Ernst Rowohlt, zu seiner langjährigen Ehefrau Suse und natürlich sein Weg als Schriftsteller mit allen Höhen und Tiefen. As Quangel meets first a cellmate who pretends to be a dog, then a composer who has spoken out against the Nazis, then his priest, then his judge and finally his executioner, the novel turns into a meditation on dying and whether it is more elegant to die of your own free will, or to survive even if you are not in charge of your own fate. Shocked out of their quiet existence, they begin a silent campaign of defiance, and a deadly game of cat and mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. Germany's strict society during this period apparently inducing despair and hopelessness amongst many of the young. Here's one example, when Rudolf was a teenager there were an extraordinary number of suicides in Rudolf's class. I can only echo the praise that has been heaped on this astonishingly good, rediscovered World War Two masterpiece.
Von seiner Kindheit in einem gut-bürgerlichen Haus bis zu seinem Tode im Jahre 1947 begleitet uns die Autorin bei allen Stationen seines Leben. As a result, he immersed himself in books, eschewing literature more in line with his age for authors including , , and. This is a better than competent biography of Rudolf Ditzen, better known to us as the author of Alone in Berlin, Hans Fallada. Nevertheless he continued to publish in a limited role, even enjoying a very brief window of official approval. Because of both boys' inexperience with weapons, it was a bungled affair. More Lives Than One unpicks the contradictory, flawed and fascinating life of a writer who saw the worst of humanity, yet maintained his belief in the decency of the 'little man'.
As Jenny Williams shows us in her well done biography, Fallada had a troubled youth. Fallafa was not a Nazi, just a man who wanted to live by writing novels and stories. He hit the jack pot when his novel Little Man What Now, 1932, became a best seller in Germany after which it was translated into numerous languages. According to Jenny Williams, Fallada had actually packed his bags and loaded them into the car when he told his wife he wanted to take one more walk around their smallholding. Fallada married Suse Issel in 1929 and maintained a string of respectable jobs in journalism, working for newspapers and eventually for the publisher of his novels,. Hans Fallada is one of them.
Many leading German writers and intellectuals left Germany. This acclaimed biography, newly revised and completely updated, tells the remarkable story of Hans Fallada, whose real name was Rudolf Ditzen. He published through changes in government, from the Weimar Republic through the Third Reich, and into the Communist regime in East Germany. An intense and vivid book, charting the life of the writer Rudolf Ditzen. This acclaimed biography, newly revised and completely updated, tells the remarkable story of Hans Fallada, whose real name was Rudolf Ditzen.
It became a selection of the American Book of the Month Club and was made into a movie by Hollywood. Losch's addiction to Morphine appears to have been even worse than Fallada's, and her constantly mounting debts were also a source of concern. He tried several times to break from his addictions and was sucessful for long periods. Less than 3 years later, in 1926, Fallada again found himself imprisoned as a result of a drug and alcohol-fueled string of thefts from employers. The Third Reich in Power is the fullest and most authoritative account yet written of how, in six years, Germany was brought to the edge of that terrible abyss. As those who were deemed unworthy to be counted among the German people were dealt with in increasingly brutal terms, Hitler's drive to prepare Germany for the war that he saw as its destiny reached its fateful hour in September 1939.
There is a lot of detail, but everything is explained and seems necessary. Sve ozbiljno dokumentovano sudskim izveštajima, pismima, fusnotirano, ali nigde da to malo živne, mislim, to se dešava u njihovoj bivšoj zajedničkoj kuhinji! Perhaps Alone in Berlin was such a success because it caught a wave of Anglophone interest in European totalitarianism and the space it afforded for heroes as well as victims and villains. Ditzen's life was tragic, eventful, dramatic - certainly a good story! I read this biography before reading any of Hans Fallada's work. Why didn't it ever occur to me before: coffee is my friend! He also described his own mortal struggle against the morphine and cocaine addiction which began in his youth. Nonetheless, the death of his friend ensured his status as an outcast from society. She shows how Ditzen's decision to remain in Nazi Germany in 1939 led to his self-destruction, but also made him a unique witness to his country's turmoil. A calmly authoritative biography -- Eileen Battersby Irish Times.
Rudolph Ditzen, the real name of Hans Fallada, was born into an affluent but not truly rich family. Fallada emerges from these pages as a fitfully appealing personality - an alcoholic, a morphine addict who tried several times to kill himself. His work, mutilated by political terror, is even as a torso important enough not to be forgotten. Yet he was also one of the most extraordinary storytellers of the twentieth century, whose novels, including Every Man Dies Alone, portrayed ordinary people in terrible times with a powerful humanity. This book provides a critical, historically informed reassessment of these writers. Fallada was worn out, suffering from relapses, dogged by his new wife's appalling drug habit.
Censors were normally not terribly bright or cultured and Fallada learned how to work within the rules without totally giving up his integrity. The author of the biography, Jenny Williams, has written a great book and in my opinion it is well worth a read. All of these behaviours were exacerbated during the Nazi era and, again, Jenny Williams perfectly evokes the living hell of everyday life for many ordinary Germans under this regime. She shows how Ditzen's decision to remain in Nazi Germany in 1939 led to his self-destruction, but also made him a unique witness to his country's turmoil. Marriage to Suze in the late 1920s started the happiest period of his life.
His adolescent years were characterized by increasing isolation and self-doubt, compounded by the lingering effects of these health ailments. This edition includes an afterword detailing the gripping history of the book and its author, including excerpts from the Gestapo file on the real-life couple that inspired it. A very interesting but flawed man. Fallada believed in decency, and his own personal failures returned him to the depiction of 'little men' - vulnerable characters under pressure from grim economic circumstances and, later, totalitarian thugs. It provides an unusually honest record of the country's crisis and decline after the First World War; Fallada always stands alongside his fictional characters, never in judgement over them.
That in turn helps to appreciate the limits of what was possible for any individual and so the novel reads back into the biography. At one of these institutions, he was assigned to work in a farmyard, thus beginning his lifelong affinity for farm culture. Death and legacy At the time of Fallada's death in February 1947 he had recently completed Jeder stirbt für sich allein , an anti-fascist novel based on a true story of a German resistance couple who were executed for producing and distributing anti-fascist material in Berlin during the war. Yet he was also one of the most extraordinary storytellers of the twentieth century, whose novels, including Alone in Berlin, portrayed ordinary people in terrible times with a powerful humanity. In 1899 at the age of 6, Fallada's father relocated the family to following the first of several promotions he would receive. Fallada, as a celebrity, was asked to give a speech at a ceremony to celebrate the end of the war. Jenny Williams has presented a very readable biography of Hans as writer, and ordinary man trying to make his way through extraordinary times.