Sunday, May 23, 2010

"SURPRISE BESTSELLER": ALONE IN BERLIN



The Observer reports that Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, translated by Michael Hoffman which I reviewed on Euro Crime last year has become a "surprise hit' with over 100,000 sales in three months.
I am not surprised by Alone In Berlin's success, because it tells the story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

What do you do when your entire country is stolen by a gang of criminals?

4 Comments:

Blogger Margot Kinberg said...

Norman - I'd read your review of this one, and It does seem like a terrific novel. In fact, it's on my TBR list - just haven't gotten quite that far yet...

5:12 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Margot- Alone in Berlin really is a superb inspirational read. Do try and get round to reading it.
It is so easy to forget that German people also suffered under the Nazi monsters, and the terrible regime that followed in the GDR East Germany.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Rob Kitchin said...

Agreed - a terrific novel. My read of the year in 2009. Very surprised wasn't nominated for CWA award.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Rob- that was surprise to me as well, but perhaps the judges strangely did not consider it a crime novel.

11:12 AM  

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