This is the first in a series of readings, by the actor Harvey Friedman, of passages taken from novels that explore eras of Berlin past.
First published in Germany in 1947 and finally translated into English in 2009, Every Man Dies Alone is a true masterpiece from a bestselling writer who saw his life crumble following his decision not to flee Germany and his refusal to join the Nazi party. The novel presents a richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis and tells the sweeping saga of one working-class couple’s decision to take a stand when their only son is killed at the front. With nothing but their grief and each other against the awesome power of the Reich, Otto and Anna Quangel launch a simple, clandestine resistance campaign that soon has an enraged Gestapo on their trail and a world of terrified neighbors and cynical snitches ready to turn them in. A deeply stirring story of two people standing up for what’s right and for each other.
For more information about this novel and its author please go to the website of Melville House Publishing.