Monday, 10 May 2010

Every Man Dies Alone

"Anna Quangel, grief-stricken but still in terror’s web, is hesitant at first. “Isn’t this thing that you’re wanting to do, isn’t it a bit small, Otto?” she asks. To which her husband responds, “Whether it’s big or small, Anna, if they get wind of it, it’ll cost us our lives.” That does it: “He might be right: whether this act was big or small, no one could risk more than his life. Each according to his strength and abilities, but the main thing was, you fought back.”
Roger Cohen in the New York Times reviews Hans Fallada’s "Every Man Dies Alone". Via John Venlet at Improved Clinch - "The Immensity Of Defiance In Small Acts."


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