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The Library of Babel

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German Autumn - Stig Dagerman This book is one of the best kept secrets of the post World War II journalism. Furthermore it's one of the few examples Stig Dagerman left us as a journalist before committing suicide.

Dagerman took the decision to travel through the destruction of Germany in the fall of 1946. In two months he visited the most important German towns finding and narrating stories for his Swedish newspaper.

As a foreign correspondant, Dagerman shows an excellent attitude in getting daily stories from the people he met during his travel through streets filled with ruins or extremely crowded trains.
At the same time, the Swedish novelist never loses the capacity of putting these stories into a wider texture, evocating the contrast between the powerful and arrogant Reich led country and the demolished and miserable country Germany has become.