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The Casualty

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
These stories by Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll, written between 1946 and 1952 but only published here in 1987, are stunning accounts of German soldiers in a war they did not want and the bleak aftermath of Germany in ruins. In this early work, Böll’s style is already powerful and evocative, engaging in the moral drama that will come to fruition in such later works as Bi ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 17th 1989 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1983)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
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عنوان: جامعه شناسی پالتو ماهوتی - داستان بلند؛ نویسنده: هاینریش بل؛ مترجم: علی عبداللهی؛ تهران، مشکی، 1393؛ در 48 ص؛ شابک: 9789648765588؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آلمانی - قرن 20 م
Mar 22, 2017 Afkham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
"و نفرت مرکب خوبی است برای قلم."
Peter Idone
Jun 06, 2012 Peter Idone rated it really liked it
Shelves: ww2-easternfront
I loaned this from the Manchester Library and just renewed it. I'm not much of a short story reader but Heinrich Boll always seems to be an exception. So far the stories carry the weight of experience. Boll captures the human condition under extreme circumstances.Sometimes comical, other times surreal, and always with a compassion that has both understanding and integrity.Maybe one day I'll learn the German language and read his works in his native tongue. As for the present I will be content to ...more
Jan 18, 2017 Brett rated it liked it
Germany from the everyday soldiers perspective during WW2. Bleak but probably very accurate. the thread that ran through the thoughts of those fighting for but not buying into the dream of National Socialism? "just make it stop" - I'd like to read more Boll and find out what else he had to say
Feb 06, 2007 stacey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in WWII fiction
Shelves: fiction
This a terrific albeit depressing collection of short stories about WWII from the German perspective. Very real and honest look at what regular Germans may have gone through during that heady time.
Jan 03, 2009 Ferris rated it it was amazing
A brilliant collection of short stories about being a soldier and about being a human being. The stories are quite dark, but so well written that the reader feels compelled to continue. The stories are set during WWII, written by Heinrich Boll, who served in the German Army on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. His stories are not about being German so much as about being human. Themes include: fear, hope, despair, the essential desire for human contact, longing for the familiar, adjustment po ...more
Gary Devore
Apr 26, 2014 Gary Devore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Master of the perfect short story. Heartbreaking and poignant tales giving the German (pacifist) point of view to WWI and WWII.
Kris McCracken
Jun 11, 2013 Kris McCracken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastically bleak collection of short stories written just after the Second World War. Böll does a great job exploring life in Germany during and after a rather dark period. B+.
Aug 29, 2013 Steven rated it it was amazing
Please take a look at my review of Boll's "A Soldier's Legacy" for a comparative review of these two fine books.
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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 characterizatio ...more
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