Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Moon is Down
John Steinbeck


Originally published at the zenith of Nazi Germany’s power, The Moon Is Down explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. Occupied by enemy troops, a small, peaceable town comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside and betrayal from within the close-knit community. As he delves into the motivations and emotions of the enemy, Steinbeck uncovers profound and often unsettling truths both about war and human nature.

Paperback, 144pp
Penguin Books, 2000 (1942)
ISBN 9780141185538