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By John Steinbeck

Occupied through 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 consequences 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 rare effect as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe. regardless of Axis efforts to suppress it (in Fascist Italy, mere ownership of the ebook was once punishable through death), The Moon is Down was secretly translated into French, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, German, Italian and Russian; thousands of copies circulated all through Europe, making it by means of some distance the preferred piece of propaganda less than the career. Few literary works of our time have tested so triumphantly the facility of rules within the face of chilly metal and brute strength. This variation beneficial properties an advent through Donald V. Coers.

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She opened the door and a man’s voice stated, “I don’t suggest any damage. I don’t suggest any damage. ” Molly subsidized into the room and Lieutenant Tonder her in. Molly acknowledged, “Who are you? What do you need? You can’t are available in right here. What do you need? ” Lieutenant Tonder used to be wearing his nice grey overcoat. He entered the room and took off his helmet and he spoke pleadingly. “I don’t suggest any damage. Please permit me are available. ” Molly stated, “What do you need? ” She close the door at the back of him and he stated, “Miss, I simply are looking to speak, that’s all. i need to listen to you speak. That’s all i would like. ” “Are you forcing your self on me? ” Molly requested. “No, pass over, simply permit me remain a short time after which I’ll move. ” “What is it you will have? ” Tonder attempted to give an explanation for. “Can you recognize this—can you suspect this? only for a short time, can’t we fail to remember this warfare? only for a short time. only for a short while, can’t we speak jointly like people—together? ” Molly checked out him for a very long time after which a grin got here to her lips. “You don’t understand who i'm, do you? ” Tonder acknowledged, “I’ve visible you within the city i do know you’re beautiful. i do know i need to speak to you. ” And Molly nonetheless smiled. She acknowledged softly, “You don’t comprehend who i'm. ” She sat in her chair and Tonder stood like a toddler, having a look very clumsy. Molly endured, conversing quietly, “Why, you’re lonely. It’s so simple as that, isn’t it? ” Tonder licked his lips and he spoke eagerly. “That’s it,” he acknowledged. “You comprehend. I knew you'll. I knew you’d need to. ” His phrases got here tumbling out. “I’m lonely to the purpose of ailment. I’m lonely within the quiet and the hatred. ” And he acknowledged pleadingly, “Can’t we speak, slightly bit? ” Molly picked up her knitting. She appeared quick on the entrance door. “You can remain no more than fifteen mins. sit a bit, Lieutenant. ” She checked out the door back. the home creaked. Tonder grew to become annoying and he acknowledged, “Is an individual the following? ” “No, the snow is heavy at the roof. i've got no guy to any extent further to push it down. ” Tonder acknowledged lightly, “Who did it? was once it whatever we did? ” And Molly nodded, having a look faraway. “Yes. ” He sat down. “I’m sorry. ” After a second he stated, “I want i may do anything. I’ll have the snow driven off the roof. ” “No,” stated Molly, “no. ” “Why now not? ” “Because the folks might imagine I had joined with you. they might expel me. I don’t are looking to be expelled. ” Tonder stated, “Yes, I see how that might be. You all hate us. yet I’ll look after you if you’ll permit me. ” Now Molly knew she was once up to the mark, and her eyes narrowed a bit cruelly and he or she acknowledged, “Why do you ask? you're the conqueror. Your males don’t need to ask. They take what they need. ” “That’s no longer what I want,” Tonder stated. “That’s now not the way in which i need it. ” And Molly laughed, nonetheless a bit cruelly. “You wish me to love you, don’t you, Lieutenant? ” He stated easily, “Yes,” and he raised his head and he stated, “You are so appealing, so hot. Your hair is brilliant. Oh, I’ve obvious no kindness in a woman’s face for therefore lengthy! ” “Do you notice any in mine? ” she requested. He appeared heavily at her.

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