By Hans Erich Nossack
Novelist Hans Erich Nossack was once forty-two while the Allied bombardments of German towns all started, and he watched the destruction of Hamburg—the urban the place he used to be born and the place he may later die—from throughout its Elbe River. He heard the whistle of the bombs and the making a song of shrapnel; he watched his associates flee; he questioned if his home—and his manuscripts—would live to tell the tale the devastation. The End is his terse, impressive memoir of the annihilation of town, written purely 3 months after the bombing. A searing firsthand account of 1 of the main infamous occasions of worldwide warfare II, The End is usually a meditation on conflict and wish, historical past and its devastation. And it's the infrequent e-book, as W. G. Sebald famous, that describes the Allied bombing crusade from the German perspective.
In the 1st English-language version of The End, Nossack's textual content has been crisply translated by way of Joel Agee and is observed by way of the images of Erich Andres. Poetic, evocative, and but hugely descriptive, The End will end up to be, as Sebald claimed, some of the most very important German books at the firebombing of that country.
"A small yet severe e-book, anything to learn in these quiet moments once we ask yourself what's going to occur next."—Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times