Staff Pick

 Every Man Dies Alone (sometimes also known as Alone in Berlin in English) is the story of a middle aged German couple using propaganda to take on the Nazi regime. Hans Fallada is at his best in this work, with its rotating cast. His trademark ability to create fully-realized characters that live real lives is on full display—once again putting ordinary humans in extraordinary circumstances. It is a tale of German resistance to the Nazis on what might be called a petit scale, with significant consequence. Foregoing tales of assassination attempts and clandestine organizations, it instead favors the small acts, expressions of a will towards a better life. Every Man Dies Alone is not a story of grand triumph, but a tale that speaks to the importance of demonstrable resistance.

 

 

 

 

Every Man Dies Alone: A Novel Cover Image
By Hans Fallada, Michael Hofmann (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781935554042
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Published: Melville House - March 30th, 2010

Staff Pick

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller is a story about the act of reading, or more aptly: a surreal set of difficulties encountered as one attempts to read something. Not a moment is wasted in drawing the reader’s focus (noting that The Reader themselves is a character) as the book alternates between a second-person mystery and mystifying chapter segment short stories.  It is also one of few books capable of carrying a post-modernist tone in harmony with structure and message. Here, Calvino leans on premise and setup, irreverent of payoff, using frustration as part of the larger narrative— and it keeps you going.

 

 

 

 

If on a winter's night a traveler Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780156439619
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Published: Mariner Books - October 20th, 1982