Hans Erich Nossack: The End

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Novelist Hans Erich Nossack was forty-two years old when the allied bombardments of German cities began, and he watched the destruction of Hamburg—the city where he was born and where he would later die—from across its Elbe River. The End is his terse, remarkable memoir of the annihilation of the city, written only three months after the bombing. A searing firsthand account of one of the most notorious events of World War II,The End is also a meditation on war and hope, history and its devastation.

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Novelist Hans Erich Nossack was forty-two years old when the allied bombardments of German cities began, and he watched the destruction of Hamburg—the city where he was born and where he would later die—from across its Elbe River. The End is his terse, remarkable memoir of the annihilation of the city, written only three months after the bombing. A searing firsthand account of one of the most notorious events of World War II,The End is also a meditation on war and hope, history and its devastation.
Nossack’s text has been translated by Joel Agee and is accompanied with photographs by Erich Andres. Poetic, evocative, and yet highly descriptive, The End will prove to be, as W. G. Sebald once observed, one of the most important German books on the firebombing of that country.
Hardcover. 112 pages.