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About the Author: Heinrich Böll

Heinrich 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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Hardcover, Published in Oct 1994 by Northwestern University Press

ISBN10: 0810111772 | ISBN13: 9780810111776

Page count: 281

The only collection of Boll's nonfiction prose to be published in English spans over two decades of social, political, literary, and cultural commentary. These twenty-nine essays, reviews, and speeches reflect the same moral passion and deep wisdom that resonate through his fiction. Here is Boll the Nobel laureate and Boll the private man: his compassion for ordinary people, his unblinking view of the tragedies of war, his satiric portrait of modern urban life, and his deeply personal reflections on life and literature.

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