The Drinker

Hans Fallada Charlotte Lloyd A.L. Lloyd


The Drinker

The Drinker

  • Title: The Drinker
  • Author: Hans Fallada Charlotte Lloyd A.L. Lloyd
  • ISBN: 9781933633657
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback



Written in an encrypted notebook while incarcerated in a Nazi insane asylum and discovered after his death, The Drinker may be Hans Fallada s most breathtaking piece of craftsmanship It is an intense yet absorbing study of the descent into drunkenness by an intelligent man who fears he s lost it all.


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If there is a depressive, addictive, mentally unstable and suicidal author out there, I will seek him out, sooner or later. It is my special superhero power. If I particularly love a book, I now dread to look up the author bio. There seems to be a direct correlation between my admiration of a literary work and the inevitable death by unnatural causes of the author. This of course was no exception. Fallada is perhaps one of the more unhinged of the lot. Deeeply depressive, with several stints in [...]

« Η ζωή είναι εδώ. Μου γνέφει, νέα, χαμογελαστή –«μπορείς να ξαναρχίσεις κάθε στιγμή» λέω μέσα μου, «δική σου η απόφαση». Αν κάτι με μαγεύει στο Fallada είναι η απλότητα του λόγου του. Όσο σκληρό και αν είναι κάποιες φορές αυτό θέλει να σου πει το πω με ένα τρόπο τόσο μετρημένο, τό [...]

Of course I have not always been a drunkard, the main character, Erwin Sommer, says to begin this tale. Me neither, says I. This is the tale of a respectable man who takes to drink late in life and then follows a quick spiral downward into insanity. It does not stray far from the outline of the author's own life: drink, marital trouble, more drink, the loss of self-esteem, even more drink, attempted spousal-cide, arrest, incarceration, insane asylum.As with his other novels, Fallada wrote this i [...]

Εν μέρει αυτοβιογραφικό, αμιγώς νατουραλιστικό, ο Fallada πλάθει έναν κόσμο όπου η εξάρτηση κι η αδυναμία παίζουν πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο. Επηρεασμένος απ' την ίδια του τη ζωή, περιγράφει βήμα-βήμα την παράδοση του κεντρικού χαρακτήρα στο ποτό, το σταδιακό μίσος προς τη σύζυγό του, [...]

Το καλύτερο βιβλίο που διάβασα μέσα στο 2016.Δεν πρέπει να λείπει απο καμία βιβλιοθήκη!

Ξεκινώντας την ανάγνωση μαγεύτηκα από την απλή γλώσσα που χρησιμοποιεί ο Fallada για να περιγράψει σκηνές από την καθημερινή ζωή του Έρβιν και της Μάγδας Ζόμερ κατά τη δεκαετία του ’30. Ο απόλυτος ρεαλισμός που αποπνέει το κείμενο σε κάνει να νιώθεις πως διαβάζεις για κάποιο γ [...]

Εξαιρετική δουλειά από τις εκδόσεις κίχλη Πάρα πολύ καλό το επίμετρο με τις φωτογραφίες από τη ζωή του Φάλλαντα , η επιμέλεια και η μετάφραση. Νομίζω πως διαβάζοντας το βιβλίο ήθελα να βαθμολογήσω με τέσσερα αλλά μετά το επίμετρο κατανόησα πολλά πράγματα μαθαίνοντας για τη [...]

What a wonderful, devastating book—an axe, Kafka would call it: my frozen sea inside me is all whacked into slush.Writers might study this book as a lucid example of crucible, that diabolical equation whereby protagonists are simultaneously repelled and compelled by the central crisis of the story. But don't think that the crucible here is simply a device to keep you reading (it will). Fallada's crucible embodies a deep understanding of human nature. Protag Sommer's short memory of the past, h [...]

As with all of the books of Hans Fallada, this is an insider's look at Germany unlike any other. What sets this one apart is its personalization, the fact that the outside world does not appear at all. Written in an encrypted notebook in a Nazi insane asylum, this is the most intimate of Fallada's books, one which plunges through his psyche rather than the zeitgeist of Germany in the years following WWI (as in What Now Little Man) or his masterpiece, life under the Gestapo in wartime Berlin as t [...]

Een droevig boek. Ik moest er in het begin over na denken of ik al die ellende wel wilde lezen. Maar op gegeven moment werd ik gegrepen door het verhaal en kon niet meer stoppen. De auteur put uit eigen ervaringen met gevangenis en alcoholisme. Dit geeft een duidelijk beeld over hoe een alcoholist zich voelt en gedraagt. Mooi geschreven en aangrijpend.

They will steal this book from your shelf.It is a hard-to-find book; even special ordered and second-hand. But that is not why They will steal it and that is not why you will be pissed at seeing it gone. Pissed because you are a drunkard and it is the most beautiful book written by/about a drunkard; stolen because They hope it will explain your condition.Your condition summed up by the book’s title: The Drinker. The book’s back cover explaining the almost-autobiographical story was written w [...]

An extraordinary book, and extraordinarily painful to read. There are those who make the case that this book is a metaphor for Hitler's Germany. I don't know about that. My experience with Al-Anon tells me that the pitifully self-destructive behavior that poor Hans Fallada documents here is pure, unadulterated alcoholism. This is thinly veiled autobiography, and it's absolutely wrenching to read of his self-delusions, his descent into madness, his heartbreaking willingness to abandon the advice [...]

El autor de esta obra de nombre Rudolf Ditzen (Hans Fallada, nombre de pluma) me parece que es uno de esos autores malditos, perseguidos por la desgracia, la tragedia y el sufrimiento extremo: enfermedades, accidentes, drogas, alcohol, cárcel, manicomio, intentos de suicidio, asesinato, dos guerras mundiales, divorcios y finalmente el suicidio. ¿Haría falta algo más en el catálogo de las desgracias humanas? A pesar de todas estas calamidades que acompañaron su vida, Hans Fallada nunca perd [...]

Riveting and devastating, "The Drinker" chronicles one man's rapid descent from the heights--or at least the comfortable ledges--of middle-class respectability, down to the depths of alcoholic degradation.To most normal people, the story will perhaps seem baffling and incomprehensible, even in spite of Fallada's excellent, spare prose; most rational minds will have a hard time comprehending how one man can sink so low, so fast. But alcoholism, alas, is not a rational disease, and anyone who has [...]

Έχω αναθεωρήσει τελείως την προηγούμενη κριτική μου την προ 3 χρόνων. Πρόκειται περί ενός αριστουργήματος αν και ο τίτλος είναι ελαφρώς παραπλανητικός μια και το γεγονός ότι ο ήρωας πίνει στο πρώτο μέρος του βιβλίου χρησιμοποιείται μάλλον ως πρόσχημα ώστε να μιλήσει ο συγ [...]

B.R.A.CE. 2017 ένα βιβλίο που γράφτηκε αρχικά σε διαφορετική γλώσσα από τα αγγλικάΌταν το ξεκίνησα, με ξένισε. Και συνεχίζοντας ΜΠΑΜ είδα μπροστά μου αυτό τον "κομπλεξικό" άνθρωπο σε έναν γάμο όπου ένιωθε κατώτερος και μην μπορώντας να μιλήσει με τη σύζυγο του για να βρεθεί μια λύ [...]

Δεν επικεντρώνεται στον αλκοολισμό αυτό καθ’ αυτό όσο στην αδυναμία του χαρακτήρα του πρωταγωνιστή που είναι πάντα το υπόβαθρο σε κάθε εθισμό.Στην πρώτη κιόλας παράγραφο αναφέρει την αδυναμία του χαρακτήρα του και στην τελευταία το πόσο δειλός ήταν ακόμη και στο να δώσει [...]

Ο Έρβιν Ζόμερ γίνεται αλκοολικός εξ αιτίας μιας ανταγωνιστικής και καταπιεστικής σχέσης με τη γυναίκα του και ενός στραβοπατήματος στην πετυχημένη ως τότε πορεία της εταιρίας του. Γραμμένο το 1944, ‘ο Πότης’ είναι ένα σχεδόν αυτοβιογραφικό βιβλίο όπου απ’ τις πρώτες κιόλα [...]

Συμφωνώ απόλυτα με την ωραιότατη αξιολόγηση/κριτική της alexandra

Πολύ καιρό είχα να διαβάσω ένα βιβλίο το οποίο να μην μπορώ να τ'αφήσω από τα χέρια μου.Αριστούργημα!!

Hans Fallada schildert die Welt der Außenseiter und Verlorenen. Dieses Buch ist in nur 2 Wochen im Gefängnis geschrieben worden. Dennoch großartig. Rezi folgt.

== A devastating testimony of insecurity and afflictive addiction ==Fallada wrote this fictionalized autobiography while he was incarcerated in a Nazi insane asylum in 1944. It was not published until after his death in 1947 of a morphine overdose. This is an intense account of a successful, happily married businessman’s downward spiral into alcohol addiction, drunken altercations, infidelity, adultery, delusional episodes, leading to his arrest and eventual confinement to merciless penal inst [...]

It isn't just booze he drinks in this man's self-destruction.What a horrifyingly strong story. Whether about the love of alcohol's good feeling or the times he and we live in! Some readers will understand the place he lived in that made this powerful, unforgettable story & others of us will KNOW the life About a third into the book I jumped to the back to read about the author and decided this guy is toxic and I don't need anymore of his negativity saturating my brain. I had just finished Th [...]

The Drinker, by Hans Fallada, is the story of suicide. Don't be fooled by the fact that no one dies: this is a story of death. Death of a marriage, death of self-respect, death of personal freedom. Erwin Sommer gives a first-person account of his descent as seen from the enforced sobriety of his incarceration at the asylum. Sommer's voice is as dry as he is, and flights of verbal fancy occur only in remembered drunken conversations. There is nothing beautiful or gilded in either phrasing or deta [...]

The Drinker is one of Hans Fallada's posthumous novels and it's hilarious. Erwin Sommer, protagonist and narrator, one day drinks a bottle of wine and instantly falls for it. He starts drinking more and more, and also stronger types of booze. His is a very tragic story: he loses everything that was dear to him before the events in the novel, up to his dignity. Fallada has put - probably - his own experiences with alcohol (indeed, rumour has it The Drinker is to some degree autobiographical) rele [...]

A respectable wholesale grocer gets into a fight with a swindler on the floor of a public toilet and is robbed of a cowhide briefcase and four thousand marks. But when he leaves he leaves happily, because the brandy bottle in his pocket remains intact.The Drinker is a partly autobiographical novel, and a desperately self-critical one ("I know that every single second of my life I have been a coward, I am a coward, I shall go on being a coward.") Reading the first half, in which most of the drink [...]

Hans Fallada (1893–1947) is one of those tragic literary figures whose life story seems to resonate through every page of his novels. This was true of the semi-autobiographical story of Little Man, What Now (see my review) and - in the sense of being one man alone against an all-powerful state which is crushing his spirit – it’s also true of Alone in Berlin. (See my review). But it is The Drinker, the third novel I’ve read by Fallada this year, which really seems to tell his own personal [...]

Painfully honest, not unlike Notes from Underground, this tale of a man gripped by the demon drink and compelled to follow it down as far as it will take him has been compared to the travails of the German collective soul in the second world war years during which it was written. With a large glug of autobiography, the writing about drinking is stark and terrible - as in, it captures the awful beguiling nature of drink and the debilitating decisions it can lead one to if not addressed. For this, [...]

Patiesībā man ir grūti noformulēt attieksmi pret šo grāmatu. Grūti, jo galvenais varonis, no kura skatu punkta viss attēlots, man tiešām krita uz nerviem. Bet no otras puses tā taču arī loģiski būtu jābūt – šādam cilvēkam IR jākrīt uz nerviem.Zommers ir tipisks vīrietis-lupata, kura dzeršanā ir vainīgi visi citi, tikai viņš pats nē. Grāmatas vidū kāds Zommeru pirms tam pazinis policists saka, ka nav domājis, ka viņš esot tik stulbs – jo tur pie ainas nevar [...]

Bizar boek. Las het in het Nederlands maar zou graag de Duitse variant eens lezen. De zinsopbouwen zijn prachtig. Sleuren je mee van zin naar zin. Van de ene ellende in de andere. Als nietdrinker werd ik bang voor de drank, voor de vrouwen en voor het systeem. De treurnis die overgaat in gelatenheid maakt het boek droevig, en ik hoop oprecht dat ik nooit iemand deze lijdensweg hoef te zien doorlopen


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