Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

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Originally published in 1932 and banned by the Nazis one year later, Blood Brothers follows a gang of young boys bound together by unwritten rules and mutual loyalty. This is the only known novel by German social worker and journalist Ernst Haffner, of whom nearly all traces were lost during WWII. Told in stark, unsparing detail, Haffner's story delves into the illicit underworld of Berlin on the eve of Hitler's rise to power, describing how these blood brothers move from one petty crime to the next, spending their nights in underground bars and hotels.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9781590517048
1590517040
9781590517055
Characteristics: xii, 165 pages ; 21 cm

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NoDepression Aug 06, 2015

Fascinating glimpse of the world of the dispossessed during Weimar Germany (1920s/30s). There is a harrowing scene as a protagonist rides the undercarriage of a train from western Germany to Berlin. Calls to mind contemporary reports of immigrants trying to ride through the Chunnel. Read it! The translation is also excellent.

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