We noted earlier this Spring that Hans Fallada’s sixty-year old novel Every Man Dies Alone, rose to #22 on Amazon’s sales rankings, based on a column by Roger Cohen in the NYT.
This Sunday’s UK Guardian reports that the book, which is published there under the title, Alone in Berlin, has reached the Top 50, “a rare achievement for a classic.” The Guardian also notes that it is selling well in the US (via Publishers Lunch Automat).
The novel is based on the true story of a German couple who began a postcard campaign against Hitler and were beheaded for their actions. Cohen says, “What Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française did for wartime France after six decades in obscurity, Fallada does for wartime Berlin…The Nazi hell he evokes is not so much recalled as rendered, whole and alive.”
The book appeared on many Best Books of 2009 lists and was featured on the Charlie Rose Show last year (watch here).
Adobe EPUB eBook available from OverDrive.