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The 1972 Nobel Prize-winning writer expresses his feelings about the people of war-torn Nazi Germany in this sensitive portrayal of a solitary woman's efforts to cope with the hostility of her environment
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In 1972, Heinrich Böll became the first German to win the Nobel Prize for literature since Thomas Mann in 1929. Born in Cologne, in 1917, Böll was reared in a liberal Catholic, pacifist family. Drafted into the Wehrmacht, he served on the Russian and French fronts and was wounded four times before he found himself in an American prison camp. After the war he enrolled at the University of Cologne, but dropped out to write about his shattering experiences as a soldier. His first novel, The Train Was on Time, was published in 1949, and he went on to become one of the most prolific and important of post-war German writers. His best-known novels include Billiards at Half-Past Nine (1959), The Clown (1963), Group Portrait with Lady (1971), and The Safety Net (1979). In 1981 he published a memoir, What’s to Become of the Boy? or: Something to Do with Books. Böll served for several years as the president of International P.E.N. and was a leading defender of the intellectual freedom of writers throughout the world. He died in June 1985.
Translator LEILA VENNEWITZ was a distinguished translator of many other German authors, most notably Hermann Hesse, Uwe Timm, Alexander Kluge, Alfred Andresch among others.
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110140187278
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0140187278