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In this masterful tale set in Norway during World War II, Steinbeck explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. As he delves into the emotions of the German commander and the Norwegian traitor, and depicts the spirited patriotism of the Norwegian underground, Steinbeck uncovers profound, often unsettling truths about war—and about human nature.

Nobel Prize winner John Steinbecks self-described “celebration of the durability of democracy” had an extraordinary impact as Allied propaganda in Nazi-occupied Europe. Despite Axis efforts to suppress it (in Fascist Italy, mere possession of the book was punishable by death), The Moon is Down was secretly translated into French, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, German, Italian and Russian; hundreds of thousands of copies circulated throughout Europe, making it by far the most popular piece of propaganda under the occupation. Few literary works of our time have demonstrated so triumphantly the power of ideas in the face of cold steel and brute force. This edition features an introduction by Donald V. Coers.

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Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America?s greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as blackspine Penguin Classics featuring eye-catching, newly commissioned art. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books East of Eden, Cannery Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven, and Tortilla Flat. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of readers?and to the many who revisit them again and again."

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In this masterful account set in Norway during World War II, Steinbeck explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. Occupied by Nazi troops, a small, peaceable town comes face to face with evil imposed from the outside--and betrayal born within the close-knit community.

About the Author

JOHN STEINBECK (1902–1968) was born in Salinas, California. He worked as a laborer and a journalist, and in 1935, when he published Tortilla Flat, he achieved popular success and financial security. Steinbeck wrote more than twenty-five novels and won the Nobel Prize in 1962. Nearly all of his books are available in Penguin Classics.

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olivecat, December 8, 2007 (view all comments by olivecat)
This short novel by John Steinbeck seems to be unjustly overlooked. It concerns the occupation of Norway by the Nazis in WWII, but is also relevant today. If only the people who support war in the 21st century read this novel. Steinbeck makes the important point that many fail to understand--occupation is never sustainable.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140187465
Introduction:
Coers, Donald V.
Author:
Coers, Donald V.
Introduction by:
Coers, Donald V.
Introduction:
Coers, Donald V.
Author:
Guidall, George
Author:
Steinbeck, John
Author:
Coers, Donald V.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
City and town life -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Alternative histories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Alternative histories (Fiction)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century
Series Volume:
124
Publication Date:
19951131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.77x5.11x.38 in. .25 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America?s greatest writers and cultural figures. We have begun publishing his many works for the first time as blackspine Penguin Classics featuring eye-catching, newly commissioned art. This season we continue with the seven spectacular and influential books East of Eden, Cannery Row, In Dubious Battle, The Long Valley, The Moon Is Down, The Pastures of Heaven, and Tortilla Flat. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of readers?and to the many who revisit them again and again."

"Synopsis" by , In this masterful account set in Norway during World War II, Steinbeck explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. Occupied by Nazi troops, a small, peaceable town comes face to face with evil imposed from the outside--and betrayal born within the close-knit community.

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