More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada

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More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada

More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada By Jenny Williams More Lives Than One A Biography of Hans Fallada 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 Every Man Dies Al

  • Title: More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada
  • Author: Jenny Williams
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  • More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada By 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 Every Man Dies Alone, portrayed ordinary people in terrible times with a powerful humanity.This acclaimed biography, newly revised and completely updated, tells the remarkable story of Hans FHans 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 Every Man Dies Alone, 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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    1. Tijana on said:

      Ova biografija je s jedne strane beskrajno iscrpna a sa druge pa, beskrajno iscrpna nekako bi mi bilo dra i za mrvicu senzacionalisti kiji pristup, ili da su bar prioriteti autorke bili manje strogi i da smo saznali malo vi e o nekim ljudima ili da se malo slobodnije izra avala o tome ta misli o svom predmetu prou avanja tm ili da je makar rtvovala malo ina e stvarno korisnog istorijskog konteksta.Recimo, Dicen Falada se oko 1918 navu e na morfijum Autorka ka e ovako Na morfijum ga je verovatno [...]

    2. Jill Meyer on said:

      German author Hans Fallada wrote novels and non fiction, maintaining a successful writing career from the 1920 s until his death in 1947 He published through changes in government, from the Weimar Republic through the Third Reich, and into the Communist regime in East Germany His novels, in print and popular, managed to skirt the governmental authority s whichever government was in power at the time and avoid the censorship to which other authors were subject In More Lives than One , Jenny Willi [...]

    3. AdamMcPhee on said:

      What a life face kicked in by a horse, staged duel meant to hide a suicide attempt kills friend, ensuing legal trouble, mental asylum, work on a farm, morphine and cocaine and alcohol addictions, embezzles from employer, sobers up and becomes a model prisoner and fink , lands in jail again, works for a corrupt newspaper, money problems, international bestselling author, nervous breakdowns, rise of Nazism, in an out of asylums, denounced by Nazis, tries to play it safe, denunciations, Goebbels b [...]

    4. Nigeyb on said:

      A stunning, if somewhat depressing, biography of Hans Fallada Hans Fallada was all but forgotten outside Germany when his 1947 novel, Alone in Berlin US title Every Man Dies Alone , was reissued in English in 2009, whereupon it became a best seller and reintroduced Hans Fallada s work to a new generation of readers.Jenny Williams, here refers to Hans Fallada as Rudolf Ditzen his real name, and the name he used throughout his life Where this biography scores especially highly for me is in its cle [...]

    5. Domhnall on said:

      I love the books of Hans Fallada the pen name for writer Rudolf Ditzen and this succinct and calm biography places his work in the context of an interesting and colourful life This embraces German history from 1893 to 1947, but Fallada was not really a major, established writer, although he did become popular after 1932, and his understanding of the great and terrible events to which he was witness is shown to be very weak He did not entertain any commitment to the various political philosophies [...]

    6. Lizzi on said:

      An intense and vivid book, charting the life of the writer Rudolf Ditzen His pen name Hans Fallada was taken from Grimm fairy tales.Williams is an academic expert of Ditzen s life and writes in a very academic style There is a lot of detail, but everything is explained and seems necessary Ditzen s life was tragic, eventful, dramatic certainly a good story I read his novel Alone in Berlin a couple of years ago and that lead me to this Anyone with even the slightest interest in WW2 will enjoy Alon [...]

    7. Adrian on said:

      Author Williams is no great stylist but handles the life competently Fallada s life was a troubled one from early age He suffered from depression regularly and was in and out of hospitals and sanitoria frequently He also was addicted to alcohol, cocaine and worst of all morphine at different points of his life Marriage to Suze in the late 1920s started the happiest period of his life This ended with the start of WWII, unwilling to emigrate, he was forced to compromise to Nazi strictures in his w [...]

    8. Juliane on said:

      Jenny Williams gelingt es, einen hervoragenden Einblick in die Person Hans Falladas alias Rudolf Ditzen zu geben und dabei s mtliche seiner Facetten zu beleuchten Fallada als Trinker, Morphinist, Drogenabh ngiger, Gef ngnisinsasse, liebevoller Vater, Ehemann Von seiner Kindheit in einem gut b rgerlichen Haus bis zu seinem Tode im Jahre 1947 begleitet uns die Autorin bei allen Stationen seines Leben Dabei stellt Jenny Williams nicht nur die positiven Aspekte dar, sondern hinterfragt auch insbeson [...]

    9. Mandy on said:

      A pretty workaday biography which never quite manages to make Fallada come to life But essential reading nevertheless for anyone interested in his work.

    10. Christine on said:

      I really enjoyed this book I already knew the story of Hans Fallad, mostly through his, what I would call, autobiographical fiction Jenny Williams has presented a very readable biography of Hans as writer, and ordinary man trying to make his way through extraordinary times Whenever I read a book like this I find myself asking, what would I have done if I were faced with these circumstances.

    11. Alistair on said:

      A biography of Hans Fallada who wrote Alone in Berlin one of my favourite books of the last few years and firmly in the European intellectual tradition Although Fallada had a turbulent life including drug addiction and alchoholism and living in Germany during WW11 , this biography is a bit lifeless in that Fallada remains stuck on the pages and never comes to life I am sure it is factually correct but I found reading it a slight struggle.

    12. Becky on said:

      This is a very well written and comprehensive biography of an Author who I enjoy reading very much I think that now I know what a selfish and unsympathetic character he was I may view his writing in a slightly different light.

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