The Whistlers' Room by Paul Alverdes 1st / 1st 1929
London: Martin Secker (1929). First UK edition. With the scarce dust wrapper. The wrapper is generall browned but it very complete eith no tears or chips. It is also not price clipped. The book is fairly clean with no foxing or previous owner’s marks to speak of. Overall a very good copy.
Paul Alverdes was a German novelist and poet. The son of an officer, he volunteered for duty in World War I and received a severe injury to the throat. After 1922 he was a freelance author in Munich.
He wrote two novels of note set in the first world war. This was his first. He drew from his own experiences and in particular from his own injuries in writing this fictional account, now considered a minor classic in war literature. It has recently been reprinted.
Residents of a German hospital called ‘Whistlers’ have all been wounded in the throat, and whose every breath is punctuated with a high-pitched whistle. A ward mixed with german and british soldiers find themselves bound, beyond the countries and crowns that have forgotten them, not only by their wounds but also by their common humanity.