Alone in Berlin

Primo Levi once described Alone in Berlin, published in 1947 as Jeder stirbt für sich allein, as ‘the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis’ but until recently it has not been available in English. The two central characters are Otto and Anna Quangel, a working-class couple who begin a postcard campaign against the regime after their son is killed in France. But the postcards come to the attention of ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich and the Quangels find themselves propelled towards their inevitable fate. Michael Hofmann’s elegant translation of Fallada’s masterpiece is now available in paperback.