Once a Jailbird

Author: Hans Fallada

  • Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: 07 Jun 2012
  • Series: Penguin Modern Classics
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For Willi Kufult, prison life means staying out of trouble, keeping his cell clean, snagging a precious piece of tobacco - and dreaming of the day of his release.

Then he gets out.

As Willi tries to make a new life for himself in Hamburg, finding a job and even love, he still cannot escape his past. Gradually he becomes sucked into a world of drink, desperation and deceit, and with one terrible act, he is ensnared in a noose of his own making...

Hans Fallada's dark and moving 1934 novel brilliantly describes a seedy criminal underworld of shabby lives and violent deeds, showing how our actions always catch up with us.

Product details

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780141196541
  • Size: 129 x 198mm
  • Pages: 496
  • Published: 07 Jun 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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