Hans Fallada was born in Germany in 1893. His life was checkered by a failed adolescent suicide pact in which his friend died, addiction to morphine and alcohol, periods of incarceration in prison and mental hospitals, and brushes with the Nazi regime. His most famous novels include Little Man, What Now?, The Drinker and Alone in Berlin, written in 24 days. Fallada died weeks before its publication, in February 1947 in Berlin.
Superb ... There are chapters which pluck the nerves. There are
chapters which raise the spirits -- Graham Greene
An inspired work of a great writer ... Fallada is a genius. The "Little Man" is Mr Everybody -- Beryl Bainbridge
Such closeness to life -- Herman Hesse
Fallada at his best -- Philip Hensher
Performs the most astounding task, of taking us to a moment before history * Los Angeles Review of Books *