The Moon Is Down - John Steinbeck & Donald V. Coers

The Moon Is Down

By John Steinbeck & Donald V. Coers

  • Release Date: 1942-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 94 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

Occupied by enemy troops, a small, peaceable town comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside—and betrayal born within the close-knit community

A Penguin Classic

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 Steinbeck’s 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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Latest Impressions

  • Great book

    By APrairieGirl
    This is one of my favorite books ever!! There were great characters and it was interesting to read about the Germans.
  • The Moon is Down

    By Duanedogg
    Set in a French village captured and occupied by the Nazis, this is one of the greatest short novels ever written, a profoundly insightful exploration of the conquerer and the conquered.