Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary

By Philip Boehm (Translator)

A "New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice
For eight weeks in 1945, as Berlin fell to the Russian army, a young woman kept a daily record of life in her apartment building and among its residents. "With bald honesty and brutal lyricism" ("Elle"), the anonymous author depicts her fellow Berliners in all their humanity, as well as their cravenness, corrupted first by hunger and then by the Russians. "Spare and unpredictable, minutely observed and utterly free of self-pity" ("The Plain Dealer, " Cleveland), "A Woman in Berlin" tells of the complex relationship between civilians and an occupying army and the shameful indignities to which women in a conquered city are always subject--the mass rape suffered by all, regardless of age or infirmity.

"A Woman in Berlin" stands as "one of the essential books for understanding war and life" (A. S. Byatt, author of "Possession").

"Let Anonymous stand witness as she wished to: as an undistorted voice for all women in war and its aftermath, whatever their names or nation or ethnicity. Anywhere."--"Los Angeles Times" "Its reissue . . . in a new (and better) translation by Philip Boehm, is cause for celebration. . . . It is a richly detailed, clear eyed account of the effects of war and enemy occupation on a civilian population. . . . [Anonymous] has given us something that transcends shame and fear: the ability to see war as its victims see it."--Joseph Kanon, "The New York Times Book Review" "Brutally observed . . . a riveting account of a military atro- city . . . she doesn't try to explain or moralize the horror. She simply records it as perhaps no one else has, in all of its devastating essence."--"The New York Observer" "An astonishing record of survival . . . a fresh contribution to the literature of war . . . the voice of Anonymous emerges as both shrewd and funny. A"--"Entertainment Weekly" "A brilliant and powerful work."--"Newsday"


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Publisher Picador USA
Publish date 07/11/2006
Pages 261
ISBN-13 9780312426118
ISBN-10 0312426119
Language English

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