On Our Shelves (as of this morning) Published:
Melville House, 3/2010
Set in Berlin in 1940. The city is still functioning mostly normally: there is food in the
stores, people go about their business. But it is a city where everyone feels they are
being watched, where information can be traded to the Gestapo for a price, where
citizens who won’t join the party are looked upon with suspicion or worse. When
Otto and Anna Quangel’s son is killed on the French front, this ordinary German couple
decide it is time to resist the totalitarianism suffocating their country. How they decide
to resist seems almost comically minor at first glance, but the reader soon realizes that
no act of defiance is minor in such a time and place. And this act of defiance soon sets
loose a chain of events that catches others, innocent and not-so-innocent, in its deadly web.
Chilling, brilliant, written by a man who lived through it and based on a real Gestapo file,
Every Man Dies Alone is a street-level view of life in a totalitarian state.