Hans Fallada
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Hans Fallada

Before WWII, German writer Hans Fallada's novels were international bestsellers, on a par with those of his countrymen Thoman Mann and Herman Hesse. In America, Hollywood even turned his first big novel, Little Man, What Now? into a major motion picture

Learning the movie was made by a Jewish producer, however, the Nazis blocked Fallada's work from foreign rights sales, and began to pay him closer attention. When he refused to join the Nazi party he was arrested by the Gestapo--who eventually released him, but thereafter regularly summoned him for "discussions" of his work.

However, unlike Mann, Hesse, and others, Fallada refused to flee to safety, even when his British publisher, George Putnam, sent a private boat to rescue him. The pressure took its toll on Fallada, and he resorted increasingly to drugs and alcohol for relief. Not long after Goebbels ordered him to write an anti-Semitic novel he snapped and found himself imprisoned in an asylum for the "criminally insane"--considered a death sentence under Nazi rule. To forestall the inevitable, he pretended to write the assignment for Goebbels, while actually composing three encrypted books--including his tour de force novel The Drinker--in such dense code that they were not deciphered until long after his death.

Fallada outlasted the Reich and was freed at war's end. But he was a shattered man. To help him recover by putting him to work, Fallada's publisher gave him the Gestapo file of a simple, working-class couple who had resisted the Nazis. Inspired, Fallada completed Every Man Dies Alone in just twenty-four days.

He died in February 1947, just weeks before the book's publication.

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Best Sellers

    • Every Man Dies Alone

    • By: Hans Fallada, Michael Hofman (translator)
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 363
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272

    Hans Fallada wrote this stunning novel in only 24 days—just after being released from a Nazi insane asylum....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a difficult masterpiece

    • By Heimo on 04-06-10

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Alone in Berlin

    • By: Hans Fallada, Michael Hofmann (translator)
    • Narrated by: John Telfer
    • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    Berlin, 1940. The city is paralysed by fear. But one man refuses to be scared....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Screeching voice acting ruined the story.

    • By Kindle on 04-10-18

    Regular price: $18.11

    • Nightmare in Berlin

    • By: Hans Fallada, Allan Blunden - translator
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The war is over, yet Dr. Doll, a "moderate pessimist", lives in fear. By night, he is still haunted by nightmarish images of the bombsite in which he is trapped - he, and the rest of Germany....

    Regular price: $24.47

    • A Small Circus

    • A Novel
    • By: Hans Fallada, Michael Hoffman (translator)
    • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
    • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Tredup, a shabby reporter working for the Pomeranian Chronicle, leads a precarious existence... until he takes some photographs that offer him a chance to make a fortune....

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Jeder stirbt für sich allein

    • By: Hans Fallada
    • Narrated by: Gunter Schoß, Gudrun Ritter, Henry Hübchen
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Anna und Otto Quangel haben sich nie für Politik interessiert. Als ihr Sohn an der Front fällt, ändert sich ihre Haltung...

    Regular price: $10.70

    • Once a Jailbird

    • A Novel
    • By: Hans Fallada
    • Narrated by: Ray Chase
    • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    For Willi Kufult, prison life means staying out of trouble, keeping his cell clean, snagging a precious piece of tobacco, and dreaming of the day of his release. Then he gets out....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Worst. Narrator. Ever.

    • By GANC Line on 05-30-16

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Kleiner Mann - was nun?

    • By: Hans Fallada
    • Narrated by: Frank Arnold
    • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Hans Falladas Meisterwerk erschien in unsicheren Zeiten. Es wurde vor dem Druck 1932 gekürzt und verändert: Textstellen, an denen sich der Autor...

    Regular price: $18.75

    • Der Alpdruck

    • By: Hans Fallada
    • Narrated by: Ulrich Noethen
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
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    April 1945: Der Krieg ist vorbei, doch nachts verfolgt den Schriftsteller Dr. Doll der Traum vom Bombentrichter, der ihn nicht freigibt - ihn und...

    Regular price: $9.80

    • Bauern, Bonzen und Bomben

    • By: Hans Fallada
    • Narrated by: Otto Sander, Dieter Mann, Jörg Schüttauf, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Als aufgebrachte Bauern eine Viehpfändung vereiteln, gerät in einer norddeutschen Kleinstadt alles aus den Fugen. Intrigen und politische Ränke werden...

    Regular price: $10.13

    • Geschichten aus der Murkelei

    • By: Hans Fallada
    • Narrated by: Peter Bieringer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Die märchenhaften Erzählungen des Schriftstellers Hans Fallada liegen hier erstmals in einer ungekürzten Hörbuchausgabe vor...

    Regular price: $10.13

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