Blood Brothers (Ernest Haffner)

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Blood Brothers: A Novel Cover Image
By Ernst Haffner, Michael Hofmann (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781590517048
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Published: Other Press - March 3rd, 2015

Despite the little we know about Ernst Haffner, it's clear to me from reading BLOOD BROTHERS that he was a brave and compassionate man, as well as a talented author. His novel is a stark, realist masterpiece of 1930s Berlin streetlife that also contains nightmarish elements of German Expressionism and features bureaucracies as strange and labyrinthine as anything Kafka ever conceived. Yet, what comes through the most is Haffner's supreme empathy for these lost boys, his desire to point out their plight. BLOOD BROTHERS is literature of social importance. It is a clarion call on par with THE JUNGLE--art meant to enact change for the greater good. Perhaps, in its time, it was too successful at this aim. Otherwise, why would the Nazis go to the trouble to burn it?

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