*Wolf Among Wolves*, by Hans Fallada

Originally published in 1938, it just came out in English for the first time in complete form.  I'm only on p.200 (of about 800), but so far it is a gripping albeit slightly schlocky Continental novel of ideas, set in 1923 Berlin, and pitched roughly at the level of a John Forsythe novel.  It's also notable for its incorporation of monetary theory throughout the narrative.  Fallada had a good grasp of the costs of hyperinflation, the associated accounting problems, the difficulty of personal economic calculation, how inflation destroys savings, and the evolution of parallel currencies; Thomas Mann also explored these themes.

I've yet to see any major English-language reviews, but it's been selling very well in the UK.

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interesting. i saw someone reading it on the F train yesterday, wondered what it was, and made myself a mental note to look it up. then you post about it. is this confluence due to the ipad?

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