A Stranger in My Own Country

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lt;p>‘I lived the same life as everyone else, the life ofordinary people, the masses.’ Sitting in a prison cell in theautumn of 1944, Hans Fallada sums up his life under the NationalSocialist dictatorship, the time of ‘inwardemigration’. Under conditions of close confinement, inconstant fear of discovery, he writes himself free from thenightmare of the Nazi years. His frank and sometimes provocativememoirs were thought for many years to have been lost. They arepublished here in English for the first time.


The confessional mode did not come naturally to Fallada the writerof fiction, but in the mental and emotional distress of 1944,self-reflection became a survival strategy. In the ‘house ofthe dead’ he exacts his political revenge on paper. ‘Iknow that I am crazy. I’m risking not only my own life,I’m also risking … the lives of many of the people I amwriting about’, he notes, driven by the compulsion to write.And write he does – about spying and denunciation, about thethreat to his livelihood and his literary work, about the fate ofmany friends and contemporaries such as Ernst Rowohlt and EmilJannings. To conceal his intentions and to save paper, he usesabbreviations. His notes, constantly exposed to the gaze of theprison warders, become a kind of secret code. He finally succeedsin smuggling the manuscript out of the prison, although it remainedunpublished for half a century.


These revealing memoirs by one of the best-known German writers ofthe 20th century will be of great interest to all readers of modernliterature.



Hans Fallada was born in Greifswald, Germany, on 21 July 1893 asRudolf Wilhelm Adolf Ditzen; he took his pen name from a BrothersGrimm fairy tale. He died from an overdose of morphine on 5February 1947 in Berlin. Fallada was the author of many bestsellingnovels including Little Man - What Now? (1932), WolfAmong Wolves (1938) and Every Man Dies Alone (1947).

Autorentext
Hans Fallada was born in Greifswald, Germany, on 21 July 1893 as Rudolf Wilhelm Adolf Ditzen; he took his pen name from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. He died from an overdose of morphine on 5 February 1947 in Berlin. Fallada was the author of many bestselling novels including Little Man - What Now? (1932), Wolf Among Wolves (1938) and Every Man Dies Alone (1947).

Zusammenfassung
I lived the same life as everyone else, the life of ordinary people, the masses. Sitting in a prison cell in the autumn of 1944, Hans Fallada sums up his life under the National Socialist dictatorship, the time of inward emigration . Under conditions of close confinement, in constant fear of discovery, he writes himself free from the nightmare of the Nazi years. His frank and sometimes provocative memoirs were thought for many years to have been lost. They are published here in English for the first time. The confessional mode did not come naturally to Fallada the writer of fiction, but in the mental and emotional distress of 1944, self-reflection became a survival strategy. In the house of the dead he exacts his political revenge on paper. I know that I am crazy. I m risking not only my own life, I m also risking the lives of many of the people I am writing about , he notes, driven by the compulsion to write. And write he does about spying and denunciation, about the threat to his livelihood and his literary work, about the fate of many friends and contemporaries such as Ernst Rowohlt and Emil Jannings. To conceal his intentions and to save paper, he uses abbreviations. His notes, constantly exposed to the gaze of the prison warders, become a kind of secret code. He finally succeeds in smuggling the manuscript out of the prison, although it remained unpublished for half a century. These revealing memoirs by one of the best-known German writers of the 20th century will be of great interest to all readers of modern literature.

Inhalt

Introduction vi

The 1944 Prison Diary 1

A despatch from the house of the dead. Afterword 219

The genesis of the Prison Diary manuscript 233

Chronology 236

Notes 239

Index 268

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Produktinformationen

Titel
A Stranger in My Own Country
Untertitel
The 1944 Prison Diary
Autor
EAN
9780745681542
ISBN
978-0-7456-8154-2
Format
E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber
Polity
Genre
Regional- und Ländergeschichte
Veröffentlichung
20.01.2015
Digitaler Kopierschutz
Adobe-DRM
Dateigrösse
2.09 MB
Anzahl Seiten
300
Jahr
2015
Untertitel
Englisch
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