A powerful story of the shattering effects of the First World War on both a
family and a country - from Hans Fallada, bestselling author of Alone in
Berlin 'This remarkable work, now complete after 76 years, could well be
one of the finest novels any of us will ever read' Irish Times Gustav
Hackendahl's will is law. Known as 'Iron Gustav', he runs his family and
his Berlin carriage business with stern, unyielding discipline. But his
children have wills of their own, and soon they slip from his control -
some to better lives, some towards disaster. As war breaks out and Gustav's
beloved Germany is devastated by hardship and violence, he finds everything
he believes in destroyed. Can the man of iron endure, or even change?
Brutal and moving, written with Hans Fallada's gift for capturing the small
tragedies of ordinary lives, Iron Gustav is a heartbreaking family
chronicle and an unflinching portrayal of the First World War and its

Hans Fallada—Iron Gustav - A Berlin Family Chronicle

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