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Da stand er noch, der Spruch, den wir damals hatten schreiben muessen, in diesem verzweifelten Leben, das erst drei Monate zuruecklag...

Mit diesen 25 Erzaehlungen ist Heinrich Boell zum Spreacher all derer geworden, die den Stumpfsinn der Uniform und das Elend und die Folgen des Krieges am eigenen Leib gespuert haben.
Paperback, 164 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (first published 1950)
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The theme that comes closest to linking the twenty-five stories in this collection together is the transformative nature of the experience of war, the effect on the civilian made into a soldier and the difficulty of reintegrating into civilian life after conflict.

Written in the immediate postwar period some of the stories repeat wartime experiences (often involving drinking and drunkenness) although one of the most arresting stories "Wanderer, kommst du nach Spa..." doesn't.

In the story an injur...more
A scary story of what war is, who needs it and who pays for it. Surprisingly, the answers to these questions the author can enter into the framework of a tiny five-page story.
Exceptionally capacious.
S.D. Johnson
A riveting collection of stories written in the rubble of post-WWII Germany. From portraits of dirty bunkers filling with rain and blood, to more domestic despairs and the trials and worries of poverty, Böll's sensitivity and intelligence shine through. Here we have people who sell hundreds of books just for a few pounds of tea. Jobs are scarce and more than once it is hinted at anyway, that in any society, human labour is simply at the mercy of the exploiters. Notable are "At the Bridge", a sto...more
Mike Bloom
This is an absolutely wonderful collection of short stories, most of which focus on the fallout after World War II from the perspective of the returning German soldiers. "Business Is Business" may be the most perfect short story of the Twentieth Century. It describes one returning soldier's difficulty in reintegrating himself back into "normal" society--not unlike more familiar stories (to Americans) of American soldiers returning after Viet Nam. An excellent read.
Kris McCracken
An interesting collection of Heinrich Böll’s early short stories.

Written in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, Böll’s remit is to capture the perspective of the peoples of a defeated country who have to reconcile that defeat, the misery of post-war deprivation with the notion of national culpability. Excellent writer that he is, Böll effectively manages it.

As such, it is a very good read. As you would expect, it’s incredibly sombre in tone, and evokes a period that we don’t often...more
Enrico Ammirati
Racconti molto belli. Da leggere. E' la Germania della Guerra con le macerie. Alcune immagini sono stupende. Leggerete di una donna vista attraverso i vetri di una casa vista tutti i giorni da un uomo su un treno...
Viandante se giungi a Sparta e' una scritta su una lavagna
It was very interesting, but also very sad. I suppose the ending is the way that it has to be, but some readers may want a little bit more resolution. Every time I read it through I feel like I notice something new.
Eindelijk is hij uit. Hoe beter mijn Duits werd, hoe meer ik het boek begon te begrijpen en te appreciëren. Logisch. 6 jaar zelfstudie heeft toch iets opgeleverd. Böll, geweldige kortverhalenverteller...
A very easily read series of short stories with a picture of the effects of war that is very difficult to face.
Short stories by Heinrich Boell. Most of these are set in post-1945 Germany.
Carlo Mayer
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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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