Written in an encrypted notebook while incarcerated in a Nazi insane asylum and discovered after his death, The Drinker may be Hans Fallada’s most breathtaking piece of craftsmanship. It is an intense yet absorbing study of the descent into drunkenness by an intelligent man who fears he’s lost it all.
"The Drinker by Hans Fallada is a brilliant and honest autobiography…. Outstanding and eternal."
David Rosenthal, Walla!
"He shot his wife and was sent to an asylum where he wrote The Drinker in code which was deciphered after his death. The translation into Hebrew is an opportunity to tell Hans Fallada's story, that of the genius who wrote Alone in Berlin."
Uri Shaltiel, Calcalist
“ This is an heroic book, brave, fearless and honest. It is necessary reading.”
The Sunday Times (London)
“ Genuinely tragic and beautiful...[Fallada’s] perfectly horrifying, horrifyingly perfect novel is the story of himself rejected by society and returning the insult.”
"The Drinker, which Fallada wrote in 1944 while he was locked up in a criminal asylum for attacking his estranged wife, is a memoirish novel in which a country merchant describes his unrepentant, gloating slide into alcoholism and failure."
New York Times Book Review
"The Drinker is a tragic and beautiful book, a scathing social critique with an anti-Nazi subtext, which makes use of many psychological tools and provides a sharp and accurate description of the addict and his addiction, as well as that of the surrounding society."
Shai Doron, Nana 10
"[The Drinker] shows you Hans Fallada was a genius whose every book is worth a read… Perfect."
Adi Shtamberger, Jerusalem Post
"Hans Fallada's Nazi Germany, as described in The Drinker and Alone in Berlin, isn't a society of efficient bureaucrats or fervent ideologists, it is a criminal one, pathetic and decadent."
Eric Glassner, Yedioth Aharonot
"Doubtless, the most honest and courageous of all his books."
Yonathan Geffen, Maariv
"The Drinker is, in my opinion, the best book by Fallada translated into Hebrew."
Amihai Shalev, YNET
"Hans Fallada tells with sad irony the story of an alcoholic, in fact his own personal one, from the comfort brought by the early stages of drinking to the total loss of independence."
Amit Marcus, Haaretz
"Hans Fallada's books, which are enjoying a tremendous international and local success in recent years, portray Nazi Germany as seen by from the viewpoint of the individual citizen. The Drinker combines autobiographical elements with a picture of the political-social landscape."
Yaniv Magal, Globes
"While confined in a Nazi insane asylum Hans Fallada wrote The Drinker. Now, with the publication of the Hebrew-language edition, his son attempts to shed light on his controversial father."
Lee Feller, Time Out Tel Aviv
"This excellent and brilliant book should be read as a counter-reaction to the banal and depressing bourgeois life. A recommended book for anyone who likes a drink."
Nissim Catz, Yakum Tarbut