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Berlin Finale

Heinz Rein Shaun Whiteside



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04 December 2019
'Storms of steel and carpet-bombing have transformed the city's lively face into the grimace of a death's head' April 1945, the last days of the Nazi regime. While bombs are falling on Berlin, the Gestapo still search for traitors, resistance fighters and deserters. People mistrust each other more than ever. In the midst of chaos, a disparate group - a disillusioned young soldier; a trade unionist and saboteur; a doctor helping refugees - continues to fight back. And in Oskar Klose's pub, the resistance plan their next move, hunted at every step by the SS. Published in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, Berlin Finale is an unforgettable portrait of life in a city devastated by war.

Translated by Shaun Whiteside
By:   Heinz Rein
Translated by:   Shaun Whiteside
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   458g
ISBN:   9780241245590
ISBN 10:   0241245591
Series:   Penguin Modern Classics
Pages:   672
Publication Date:   04 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Heinz Rein was an influential German novelist writing before and after the Second World War. He became a major figure in the 'rubble literature' period and his famous novel Berlin Finale, published in 1947, was one of the first bestsellers in the tumultuous German rebuilding period. He abandoned East Germany for the West in the 1950s.

Reviews for Berlin Finale

Among the best Berlin novels, sitting alongside Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin. A captivating story about the destruction of Berlin, a raging accusation, a moving contemporary document, unputdownable * Suddeutsche Zeitung * A magnificent rediscovery at the exact right moment * Deutschlandradio *

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