Tales from the Underworld : Selected Shorter Fiction, Paperback

Tales from the Underworld : Selected Shorter Fiction Paperback

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series


These are darkly funny, searingly honest short stories from Hans Fallada, author of bestselling Alone in Berlin.

In these stories, criminals lament how hard it is to scrape a living by breaking and entering; families measure their daily struggles in marks and pfennigs; a convict makes a desperate leap from a moving train; a ring - and with it a marriage - is lost in a basket of potatoes.

Here, as in his novels, Fallada is by turns tough, darkly funny, streetwise and effortlessly engaging, writing with acute feeling about ordinary lives shaped by forces larger than themselves: addiction, love, money.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780141392851



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