The Blood Brothers

The Blood Brothers

A Novel of Berlin Gang Life

Book - 2015
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Blood Brothers is the only known novel by German social worker and journalist Ernst Haffner, of whom nearly all traces were lost during the course of World War II. Told in stark, unsparing detail, Haffner’s story delves into the illicit underworld of Berlin on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power, describing how these blood brothers move from one petty crime to the next, spending their nights in underground bars and makeshift hostels, struggling together to survive the harsh realities of gang life, and finding in one another the legitimacy denied them by society.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781590517048
Branch Call Number: F Haf


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NoDepression Aug 06, 2015

Fascinating glimpse of the world of the dispossessed during Weimar Germany (1920s/30s). There is a harrowing scene as a protagonist rides the undercarriage of a train from western Germany to Berlin. Calls to mind contemporary reports of immigrants trying to ride through the Chunnel. Read it! The translation is also excellent.


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