The Dark Arena

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Mario Puzo won international acclaim for The Godfather and his other Mafia novels. But before creating those masterpieces, Puzo wrote his first acclaimed novel The Dark Arena–an astounding story of a war-scarred young American in a battle against corruption and betrayal. . . .

After coming home at the end of World War II, Walter Mosca finds himself too restless for his civilian role in America. So he returns to Germany to find the woman he had...
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Overview

Mario Puzo won international acclaim for The Godfather and his other Mafia novels. But before creating those masterpieces, Puzo wrote his first acclaimed novel The Dark Arena–an astounding story of a war-scarred young American in a battle against corruption and betrayal. . . .

After coming home at the end of World War II, Walter Mosca finds himself too restless for his civilian role in America. So he returns to Germany to find the woman he had once loved–and to start some kind of life in a vanquished country. But ahead of Walter stretches a dark landscape of defeat and intrigue, as he succumbs to the corrupting influences of a malevolent time. Now he enters a different kind of war, one in which he must make a fateful decision–between love and ambition, passion and greed, life and death. . . .
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"Fierce, intense, compelling."
-The Boston Globe

"ONE OF THE FINEST WORKS OF FICTION TO COME OUT OF THIS COUNTRY’S OCCUPATION OF GERMANY."
-The Nation

"PUZO TELLS HIS STORY BRUTALLY, VIOLENTLY, AND UNDOUBTEDLY VERY MUCH AS IT ALL MIGHT HAVE BEEN."
-San Francisco Chronicle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345441690
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 237,079
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Mario Puzo was born in New York and, following military service in World War II, attended New York’s New School for Social Research and Columbia University. His bestselling novel, The Godfather, was preceded by two critically acclaimed novels, The Dark Arena and The Fortunate Pilgrim. In 1978, he published Fools Die, followed by The Sicilian, The Fourth K, and the second installment in his Mafia trilogy, The Last Don. Mario Puzo also wrote many screenplays, including those for Earthquake, Superman, and all three Godfather movies, for which he received two Academy Awards. He died in July 1999 at his home on Long Island, New York, at the age of seventy-eight.

Biography

Mario Puzo was born in New York and, following military service in World War II, attended New York's New School for Social Research and Columbia University. His bestselling novel The Godfather, (1969) was preceded by two critically acclaimed novels, The Dark Arena (1955) and The Fortunate Pilgrim (1965). In 1978, he published Fools Die, followed by The Sicilian (1984), The Fourth K (1990), and the second installment in his Mafia trilogy, The Last Don (1996), which became an international bestseller and the highest-rated TV miniseries of 1997.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      October 15, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York City
    1. Date of Death:
      July 2, 1999
    2. Place of Death:
      Bay Shore, Long Island
    1. Education:
      Attended New York City's New School for Social Research and Columbia University

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2003

    Quite illustrative, interesting and different

    There aren't many books that read about the post WWII era in Germany. Puzo is masterful in describing the feelings and the point of view of the german people at this stage of their history. This is really the kind of work that you'd expect from someone with the education of someone who studied sociology. And an interesting historic-novel. I totally recommend this book not only as a fiction book but also as a historic reference book.

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