Books: Story of a Damnation

Story of a Damnation THE DRINKER (282 pp.)—Hans Fallada —Didier ($3.50).

Hans Fallada was one of those writers whose books bounce back from the Bank of Posterity stamped "Insufficient Funds." He made the international bestseller lists in the early '30s with Little Man, What Now?, a famously sentimental tale of a harassed bookkeeper whose whimpers found echoes all over a Depression-hounded world. But his talent was timely rather than timeless; moreover, in his native Germany, Fallada and his symbolic "Little Man" pinned their hopes on Hitler, and it turned out to be a luckless choice for both. Fallada's books were pronounced "undesirable"...

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