Hans Fallada was one of the most remarkable writers of the twentieth century. He led a contradictory, flawed and fascinating life, saw the worst of humanity, yet maintained his belief in the decency of the ‘little man’. His biographer 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 his 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. His Alone in Berlin was a recent bestseller.
Professor Jenny Williams is an author and academic at Dublin City University. Her research interests are translation studies and the life of Hans Fallada. Her acclaimed biography of Fallada, More Lives Than One, was first published in 1998.
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