The novels tells a warm-hearted but dramatic story of the regular clerk Johannes Pinneberg and his pregnant wife Emma (Lämmchen). As Pinneberg loses his job as a bookkeeper, the young couple moves to Berlin. They believe in love but the happiness just won’t settle in during the times of world economic crisis of 1930s. Thus Emma takes the fortunes in her hand: she fights against the hardship for their gentle, idyllic happiness.
The novel Kleiner Mann – was nun? (title of the English translation: Little Man, What now?) by Hans Fallada has been translated to Romanian (excerpt) by Mircea Dragoman and published under the title Şi acum ce facem, micuţule? by Polirom in Iaşi.