The Oppermanns

“The novel reads like a five-alarm fire.” New York Times

The McNally edition (New York, 2022)

The Persephone Books edition (London, 2020)

“The brutality and criminality of the regime were clear enough even in the first months of the Nazi dictatorship, and Feuchtwanger’s novel supplies unforgettable evidence of their extremism and their extent, as well as the complacency of so many people, including a substantial part of the Jewish community, who failed to realize what was happening until it was too late. The novel is all too relevant in the twenty-first century, as a warning against complacency in the face of lies and abuse, and a call for vigilance in the defense of democracy against those who would destroy it. It is the first great masterpiece of anti-fascist literature, and deserves to be as widely read today as it was on its original publication.” (from the preface to the Persephone Books edition, by Sir Richard Evans, Emeritus Regius Professor of History, Cambridge University).

— For a brief account of the novel’s significance, read ‘Lion Feuchtwanger and the Culture of Remembrance‘, in: Against the Eternal Yesterday, Essays Commemorating the Legacy of Lion Feuchtwanger (Los Angeles, 2009)

— For a full analysis of the novel and its reception, read ‘Die Geschwister Oppermann: A German Jewish Family in Extremis‘, (accompanying image set), in Feuchtwanger Studies 7 (Oxford, 2020)