Publisher: Putnam, London;
Date of Publication: 1940
Stock Code: 8367
FIRST BRITISH EDITION. Octavo, pp. , -461, ,  catalogue. Publishers’ black cloth with gilt titles to spine in unclipped pictorial dust-jacket. Cover cloth clean and bright; free endpapers toned; small stain to text-block edge. No annotation or inscriptions. Jacket lightly soiled and creased wuth a few small nicks to edge. A Very Good copy in like jacket.
Translated from the German by Philip Owens. Novel set in Berlin in the years around the Great War, following the fortunes of the family of Gustav Hackendahl. Fallada’s previous work ‘Wolf unter Wölfen’ (Wolf Among Wolves) was a commercial success and was perceived by the Nazi’s as a critique of the Weimer Republic; Goebbles called it ‘a super book’. Unfortunately this unwanted attention led to Goebbles commissioning Fallada to write an account of the hardships in Germany brought on by the consequences of WWI. Rewritten by Fallada a number of times to appease Goebbels ‘Iron Gustav’ was the result.
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