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Hans Fallada
German novelist, poet and critic

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She has torn open the envelope, and for a brief moment there was a smile lighting up her face, but it vanished when she saw the typed letter. (...) It's perfectly silent in their parlour. Then the woman's breathing comes with a gasp.

Suddenly she emits a soft scream, a sound her her husband has never heard from her.
-- Alone in Berlin. Michael Hofmann, tr. Penguin Books, 2009 (Modern Classics), p.5

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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