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Billiards at Half Past Nine

by Heinrich Böll

Böll's well-known opposition to fascism and war informs this moving story of a single day in the life of traumatized soldier Robert Faehmel, scion of a family of successful Cologne architects, as he struggles to return to ordinary life after the Second World War. An encounter with a war-time nemesis, now a power in the reconstruction of Germany, forces him to confront private memories and the wounds of Germany's defeat in the two World Wars.

The Clown

by Heinrich Böll

Acclaimed entertainer Hans Schneir collapses when his beloved Marie leaves him because he won't marry her within the Catholic Church. The desertion triggers a searing re-examination of his life--the loss of his sister during the war, the demands of his millionaire father and the hypocrisies of his mother, who first fought to "save" Germany from the Jews, then worked for "reconciliation" afterward. Heinrich Böll's gripping consideration of how to overcome guilt and live up to idealism--how to find something to believe in--gives stirring evidence of why he was such an unwelcome presence in post-War German consciousness, and why he was such a necessary one.

The Collected Stories of Heinrich Böll

by Leila Vennewitz Heinrich Böll

The definitive short story collection by the Nobel Laureate and master of the form. These diverse, psychologically rich, and morally profound stories explore the consequences of war on individuals and on an entire culture. The Collected Stories of Heinrich Böll provides readers with the only comprehensive collection by this master of the short-story form.Includes all the stories from Böll's The Mad Dog, Eighteen Short Stories, The Casualty, and The Stories of Heinrich Böll. A Nobel Laureate, Böll was considered a master 20th century literature, and The Collected Stories of Heinrich Böll contains some of his finest work.

Group Portrait with Lady

by Leila Vennewitz Heinrich Böll

Cited by the Nobel Prize committee as the "crown" of Heinrich Böll's work, the gripping story of Group Portrait With Lady unspools like a suspenseful documentary. Via a series of tense interviews, an unnamed narrator uncovers the story--past and present--of one of Böll's most intriguing characters, the enigmatic Leni Pfeiffer, a struggling war widow. At the center of her struggle is her effort to prevent the demolition of her Cologne apartment building, a fight in which she is joined by a motley group of neighbors. Along with her illegitimate son, Lev, she becomes the nexus of a countercultural group rebelling against Germany's dehumanizing past under the Nazis ... and what looks to be an equally dehumanizing future under capitalism.

Irish Journal

by Leila Vennewitz Hugo Hamilton Heinrich Böll

A unique entry in the Böll library, Irish Journal records an eccentric tour of Ireland in the 1950's. An epilogue written fourteen years later reflects on the enormous changes to the country and the people that Böll loved. Irish Journal is a time capsule of a land and a way of life that has disappeared.

The Safety Net

by Leila Vennewitz Heinrich Böll

Fritz Tolm has risen to the most powerful position in Germany. With fame comes fear and vulnerability. Threats to his life are met with the all-pervasive "safety-net" of police protection and surveillance. Trapped in a house they dare not leave, where every visitor is suspect and every object a potential bomb, Tolm and his family wait to discover when and how terrorism will overtake them.

A Soldier's Legacy

by Heinrich Böll Leila Vennewitz

Today, my dear sir, I saw a young man whose name I'm sure is familiar to you; it is Schnecker. He has been living- as far as I know- for a number of years in your neighborhood, and he was a schoolmate of your brother's who was reported missing during the war. But that's not all. Today I also learned that for five years you have been waiting in vain to discover what actually happened to your brother...

The Stories of Heinrich Böll

by Heinrich Böll Leila Vennewitz

This volume collects sixty-three short stories and novellas written by Heinrich Böll between 1947 and 1985. It brings together selections from Böll's earlier collections "Eighteen Stories" (1966) and "Children are Civilians Too" (1970), stories published only in periodicals, four novellas from "Absent without Leave" (1965) and "Adam and the Train" (1970), the novella "A Soldier's Legacy" (1986), and some previously unpublished work.

The Train Was On Time

by Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll's taut and haunting first novel tells the story of twenty-four-year-old Private Andreas as he journeys on a troop train across the German countryside to the Eastern front. Trapped, he knows that Hitler has already lost the war ... yet he is suddenly galvanized by the thought that he is on the way to his death. As the train hurtles on, he riffs through prayers and memories, talks with other soldiers about what they've been through, and gazes desperately out the window at his country racing away. With mounting suspense, Andreas is gripped by one thought over all: Is there a way to defy his fate?From the Trade Paperback edition.

What's to Become of the Boy?

by Anne Applebaum Leila Vennewitz Heinrich Böll

A vivid account of growing up poor, rebellious, and anti-Fascist in Nazi Germany. What's to Become of the Boy? is a spirited, insightful, and wonderfully sympathetic memoir about life during wartime written with the characteristic brilliance by one of the 20th-century's most celebrated authors. It is both an essential autobiography of the Nobel Prizewinning author and a compelling memoir of being young and idealistic during an age of hardship and war.

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