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Book Title: The Stories of Heinrich Böll|
The author of the book: Heinrich Böll
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780810112070
The size of the: 626 KB
Edition: Northwestern University Press
Date of issue: September 27th 1995
Read full description of the books The Stories of Heinrich Böll:I'm only half through these collections of stories, but I'm already stunned, hurt for words. I never, not until this year, wondered what people would have to write about or think about in Germany following WWII. Heinrich Boll was a German soldier in WWII, and I presume these stories are based in parts on what he experienced. Mainly they deal with a sense of confusion, nostalgia and various forms of escapism during the war and the economic devastation that followed in Germany. Though you know Germans were the "bad guys" these stories are powerful and sometimes harrowing, and you find it hard not to feel for the characters, and be glad you're not in their shoes.
*Might add: there's certainly no sympathy for the Reich coming from this ex-soldier. When the NSPD is mentioned, usually the characters seem incapable and helpless to understand or describe why they're in war.
Read information about the authorHeinrich Böll became a full-time writer at the age of 30. His first novel, Der Zug war pünktlich (The Train Was on Time), was published in 1949. Many other novels, short stories, radio plays and essay collections followed, and in 1972 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature "for his writing which through its combination of a broad perspective on his time and a sensitive skill in characterization has contributed to a renewal of German literature." He was the first German-born author to receive this award since Hermann Hesse in 1946. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, and he is one of Germany's most widely read authors.
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