A Small Circus - Penguin Modern Classics   (Paperback)
  • A Small Circus - Penguin Modern Classics   (Paperback)

A Small Circus - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

8 Reviews Write your review
Paperback Published: 28/03/2013
  • In stock

We can send it to you within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Click & Collect From your local shop
A "Small Circus" is a powerful 1931 portrayal of a German town on the brink of chaos, from bestselling author Hans Fallada (writer of "Alone in Berlin"). It is summer, 1929, and in a small German town a storm is brewing. The shabby reporter Tredup leads a precarious existence working for the "Pomeranian Chronicle" - until he takes some photographs that offer the chance to make a fortune. In Kruger's bar, the farmers are plotting their revenge on greedy officials. A mysterious travelling salesman from Berlin , Henning, is stirring up trouble - but no one knows why. Meanwhile the Nazis grow stronger and the Communists fight them in the streets. And at the centre of it all, the Mayor, 'Fatty' Gareis, seeks the easy life even as events spiral beyond his control. As tensions erupt between workers and bosses, town and country, Left and Right, alliances are broken, bribes are taken and plots are hatched, until the tension spills over into violence. "Uncommonly vivid and original". (Robert Musil). "Real love and real humanity". (Hermann Hesse). "The best account of small-town Germany...so terribly genuine, it is frightening". (Kurt Tucholsky). "This novel's genius...lies in Fallada's ability to reveal. ..as well as to analyse the macabre game of musical chairs that was the Weimar Republic. Fallada gives us front-row seats to Germany's decade-long quest for a sacrificial scapegoat that culminated in the Nazi takeover...Two years after Alone in Berlin's runaway success, A "Small Circus" continues the Fallada revival that owes so much to the efforts of its translator, the poet Michael Hofmann". (Andre Naffis-Sahely, "Independent"). "Fallada creates characters with Dickensian prodigality, each yokel, hack, pig and pen-pusher brought to life in Michael Hofmann's beautifully judged translation...a generous, life-affirming treat". (Jake Kerridge, "Telegraph"). "Michael Hofmann...comes as close as possible to giving us Fallada's work in all its coarse, humorous, immediate, tragic glory". (Charlotte Moore, "Spectator"). "Not for the first time, all praise is due to Michael Hofmann's art and feel for nuance. His translation catches the many voices - some exasperated, others bewildered, a few downright angry - that make this bold, exuberant and candid narrative sizzle with life and the relentlessly shocking reality of it all". ("Irish Times"). "Fallada's own experiences as a regional journalist in north Germany underlie the action, and it is this sense of realism, combined with an ear for dialogue and an acute understanding of human frailty, that make the novel such an authentic portrayal of an imploding era". (Ben Hutchinson, "Observer").

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141196565

You may also be interested in...

“A Great Finale”

Oh dear, it was until the final Part "Judgement Day" that the book became a pretty good read, however it didn't raise its rating to Average. Eventually I found compassion for Tredup, but for the most... More

Hardback edition
7th August 2012
Helpful? Upvote 5

“Too late, a momentum”

If only this entire book had the pace of its last few chapters, it would not have been three stars but five, and perhaps I would not have found reading it to be such a long haul.
I read Hans Fallada's final... More

Hardback edition
2nd February 2012
Helpful? Upvote 4

“Interesting read if a little slow in places”

This is the first book I've read by Hans Fallada and although on the whole I enjoyed the book there was a section where it seemed nothing much was happening and I found it hard to concentrate due to little plot... More

Hardback edition
2nd February 2012
Helpful? Upvote 4

Your review has been submitted successfully.

We would love to hear what you think of Waterstones. Why not review Waterstones on Trustpilot?

Review us on Trustpilot