A Stranger in My Own Country: The 1944 Prison Diary by Hans Fallada

By Hans Fallada

'I lived a similar lifestyles as every body else, the lifetime of usual humans, the masses.' Sitting in a jail telephone within the autumn of 1944, Hans Fallada sums up his lifestyles lower than the nationwide Socialist dictatorship, the time of 'inward emigration'. below stipulations of shut confinement, in consistent worry of discovery, he writes himself loose from the nightmare of the Nazi years. His frank and infrequently provocative memoirs have been concept for a few years to were misplaced. they're released right here in English for the 1st time.

The confessional mode didn't come clearly to Fallada the author of fiction, yet within the psychological and emotional misery of 1944, self-reflection grew to become a survival approach. within the 'house of the dead' he exacts his political revenge on paper. 'I be aware of that i'm loopy. I'm risking not just my very own existence, I'm additionally risking ... the lives of a few of the humans i'm writing about', he notes, pushed through the compulsion to jot down. And write he does - approximately spying and denunciation, in regards to the risk to his livelihood and his literary paintings, in regards to the destiny of many neighbors and contemporaries reminiscent of Ernst Rowohlt and Emil Jannings. to hide his intentions and to avoid wasting paper, he makes use of abbreviations. His notes, regularly uncovered to the gaze of the legal warders, turn into a type of mystery code. He ultimately succeeds in smuggling the manuscript out of the legal, even though it remained unpublished for part a century.

These revealing memoirs through one of many best-known German writers of the 20 th century might be of serious curiosity to all readers of contemporary literature.

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