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First published in the turbulent 1941, The Night Left Behind immediately became a hit that sold more than a million copies in the United States alone. Richard Krebs' memoir, written under the pseudonym Jan Valtin, is the exciting chronicle of an era, the story of a man deeply involved in the events that marked the 1920s and 1930s. Jan Valtin naked in these pages a life full of idealism, danger and disappointment, a life marked by great love. A revolutionary and spy, Valtin was part of the Communist Party, where he rose positions, until he was arrested by the Gestapo and became a double agent. Feared and persecuted by both Hitler and Stalin, Valtin's testimony provides an impressive portrait of the two sides that determined the fate of the 20th century. This adventure story is read as a thriller, and is the best portrait of political fanaticism ever written. Praised by authors such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Jack Kerouac or Hannah Arendt, this gem has aroused the admiration of several generations of readers: "The best book I have ever read about the twentieth century", F. D. Roosevelt; "An exciting, authentic and uncompromising book," H. G. Wells; "Touching and impossible to stop reading. You'll never forget it," Alan Furst. Contains unpublished epilogue