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By John Steinbeck

Occupied by way of enemy troops, a small, peaceful city comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside—and betrayal born in the close-knit community

during this masterful story set in Norway in the course of global warfare II, Steinbeck explores the results of invasion on either the conquered and the conquerors. As he delves into the feelings of the German commander and the Norwegian traitor, and depicts the lively patriotism of the Norwegian underground, Steinbeck uncovers profound, frequently unsettling truths approximately war—and approximately human nature.


Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s self-described “celebration of the sturdiness of democracy” had a unprecedented effect as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe. regardless of Axis efforts to suppress it (in Fascist Italy, mere ownership of the ebook used to be punishable by way of death), The Moon is Down was secretly translated into French, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, German, Italian and Russian; millions of copies circulated all through Europe, making it through a ways the most well-liked piece of propaganda lower than the career. Few literary works of our time have established so triumphantly the ability of principles within the face of chilly metal and brute strength. This version beneficial properties an advent via Donald V. Coers.

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