By Hans Fallada
Its Berlin, 1940, and the town is stuffed with worry. on the residence on fifty five Jablonski Strasse, its numerous occupants attempt to dwell less than Nazi rule of their alternative ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired pass judgement on Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels obtain the scoop that their cherished son has been killed battling in France. stunned out in their quiet life, they start a silent crusade of defiance, and a perilous online game of cat and mouse develops among the Quangels and the bold Gestapo inspector Escherich. while petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen additionally get entangled, deception, betrayal and homicide happen, tightening the noose round the Quangels' necks...
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