More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada

Jenny Williams

More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada
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More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada

Jenny Williams

Hans Fallada was a drug addict, womanizer, alcoholic, jailbird and thief. Yet he was also one of the most extraordinary storytellers of the twentieth century, whose novels, including Alone in Berlin , portrayed ordinary people in terrible times with a powerful humanity. This acclaimed biography, newly revised and completely updated, tells the remarkable story of Hans Fallada, whose real name was Rudolf Ditzen. Jenny Williams chronicles his turbulent life as a writer, husband and father, shadowed by mental torment and long periods in psychiatric care. She shows how Ditzen’s decision to remain in Nazi Germany in 1939 led to his self-destruction, but also made him a unique witness to his country’s turmoil. More Lives Than One unpicks the contradictory, flawed and fascinating life of a writer who saw the worst of humanity, yet maintained his belief in the decency of the ‘little man’.

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