- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: Amok Press; 1st edition (September 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0941693007
- ISBN-13: 978-0941693004
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,493,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael: A Novel 1st Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
This poorly written "novel" in diary form by Hitler's calculating and sinister propaganda minister is, not surprisingly, a compilation of vicious Nazi doctrine. First published in 1929, fouryears before the Nazis seized power in Germany, it was so widely read that it went through 17 editions and appears here in English for the first time. The story concerns a former soldier who finds his university studies hold little meaning in Weimar Germany, which is beset by economic hardship and revolutionary stirrings. Michael abandons his education to help rebuild Germany for the Volk, and his romantic desire to die for the cause becomes reality when he perishes in a coal mine where he works as a laborer. This book is filled with vituperations against Jews, intellectuals, liberals, utopias and Leninism. Its educational value for students of Nazism is debatable since it contains no introduction placing Goebbels or his times in its historical and social context.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Text: English, German (translation)
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Top Customer Reviews
Throughout the novel, it is Goebbels himself I picture in Michael's place; when he and Hertha exchange their first kiss, as the two talk repeatedly about politics & philosophy...and their powerful love for each other, as he watches a seeming prototype of Hitler speak, when he meets & befriends young Gustav Adolf on an island vacation, as he debates with his friend Ivan Vienurovsky & best friend Richard, when he flies into a rage & destroys a play he's written after Hertha leaves him, and as he toils away in a worker's pit. The last 1/3 of the novel is absent Hertha Holk (a character who's inspiration was Goebbels' real-life true love, Anka Stalherm), and I found myself wishing her return. The only downside of this book is the anti-Semitism in some diary entries, which I'd much rather read in Goebbels' WWII essays. The polemics stick out like sore thumbs perhaps because the book was completed before Goebbels joined the NSDAP and it later saw many revisions to include the Nazi philosophy as well as Hertha Holk's minor emotional turmoil, before actually being picked up by a publisher and mass-produced.
All in all, it's a surprisingly good read (written mostly in a diary form--it is said to be taken largely from Goebbels' own personal diaries of 1919 & 1920, which no longer exist), perhaps because it bears many similarities to Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther," with fairly well developed characters, and an ending that sounds cliched if you're told it before-hand, but pulls at your gut once you've read it for yourself. An excellent addition to any WWII history class, and highly recommended to those interested in what was truly the 'roaring 20s'--the 20s in Germany.