Marta Hillers
Virago Press, London, 2011, 2005, English; published 2003 in German; originally published 1954 in English
Nonfiction, General
ISBN: 9781844087976

From the Publisher. Between April 20 and June 22 of 1945 the formerly anonymous author of A Woman in Berlin wrote about life within the falling city as it was sacked by the Russian Army. Fending off the boredom and deprivation of hiding, the author records her experiences, observations, and meditations in this stark and vivid diary. Accounts of the bombing, the rapes, the rationing of food and the overwhelming terror of death are rendered in the dispassionate, though determinedly optimistic prose of a woman fighting for survival amid the horror and inhumanity of war.

This diary was first published in the United States in 1954 in an English translation and in Britain in 1955. A German-language edition was published five years later in Geneva and was met with tremendous controversy. In 2003, over 40 years later, it was republished in Germany to critical acclaim and more controversy.

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Inga Sempé

First published with the author listed as anonymous, this diary describes the life of a young woman in Berlin while it was occupied by the Russians immediately after World War II. What I liked was that her voice sounds so contemporary—I had the feeling I knew her, and that she was of my generation.

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