A novel telling the story of how an ordinary man, a Belgian lawyer, lets himself be caught up in the service of the German army, and in spite of coming to understand the nature of the regime he is serving lacks the courage to act. Translated from the German by Anthony G. Powell. First printing of first edition in English. Condition: Dust jacket rubbed and rather grubby, corners clipped, book clean and sound although edges of boards are faded. Verso of jacket soiled, and now in removable protective transparent wrapper.