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A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City Anonymous

Picador / 288 pages / $14

As Berlin fell to the Soviet army at the end of World War II, a young journalist kept a diary of life in her apartment complex. The anonymous diarist relates the brutality inflicted on the conquered, in particular her own rapes and subjugation, but what also emerges is her fierce intelligence, wit and emotional resilience. In the annals of wartime diaries, here is an unforgettable and valuable addition.

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