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Wanderer, kommst du nach Spa...

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In seinem »Bekenntnis zur Trümmerliteratur« sagt Heinrich Böll, es sei Aufgabe des Schriftstellers, daran zu erinnern, »daß die Zerstörungen in unserer Welt nicht nur äußerer Art sind und nicht so geringfügiger Natur, daß man sich anmaßen kann, sie in wenigen Jahren zu heilen«. Für ihn war es eine Frage der Moral, Krieg und Nachkriegszeit so zu beschreiben wie sie wirklich ...more
Paperback, dtv 437, 160 pages
Published May 1976 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (first published 1950)
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Jun 24, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
"Trümmerliteratur" - the literature describing the wreckage and ruins in Germany after the catastrophe of World War II and Third Reich ...

Quite literally, the German world was cut to pieces, broken down, destroyed together with the evil forces that had dominated the country since the 1930s. This affected all aspects of life, not least education and adolescent lives.

The short story "Wanderer, kommst du nach Spa..." was required reading in my German high school in the early 1990s, a school which
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
Tragic, sad, poignant. All 26 stories collected in this book* are worth reading. Just don't pick up this book expecting a frivolous read. These stories hit hard. You may have to take a break between some of them.

War isn't funny, and these stories help readers like me understand just exactly what war is, how the people cope (or not) with it, and how they rebuild their lives once it's over. Really, no joke, read this book.

I liked all 26 stories, but these more than the rest (with my favourites in
Farhan Khalid
Somewhere the war was going on, invisible, inaudible in these silent streets

Something between obsession and detachment, something magical

I could see it all right: the town was burning

The weight I was dragging, the weight of the world, was heavy

Invisible ropes bound me to it, it to me

I was filled with a sense of almost utter isolation

This life, I thought, is not my life

I have to behave as if this were my life, but I'm not good at it

I realized I now had a proper profession

A profession where all I
S.D. Johnson
Mar 23, 2013 S.D. Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2012 Max rated it really liked it
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.
Marina (WaywardReader)
Feb 19, 2016 Marina (WaywardReader) rated it liked it
Shelves: classic, 2016
A great piece of WWII literature, simple and without unnecessary pathos. A clear and powerful reminder, that war has a child's face.
It was really, really good.
Jerry Pogan
Mar 03, 2017 Jerry Pogan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding collection of short stories. Boll depicts everyday German life following WWII in the small villages and through ordinary people faced with the devastation of the war as well stories of ordinary soldiers during the war.
Jun 07, 2016 Seda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heinrich Böll'ü ilk defa birkaç hafta önce duydum. Kendisi 2. Dünya Savaş'ına katılmış ve esir düşmüş nobel edebiyat ödüllü bir yazar.Bundan olacak ki yazdığı kitaplar savaşın yarattığı yıkımlar üzerine olmuş. İlginç bir şekilde, bu kitabında tek tema-savaş ve kalıntıları- üzerinde kalarak 25 kısa öykü yazmış.Bana göre, II. Dünya Savaşı sırasında Almanların yaşadığı sıkıntılara odaklandığı için farklı bir bakış açısı sunuyor.Ama yine de savaşın tüm bu yazılanlardan çok daha yıkıcı etkileri olduğ ...more
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
Mike Bloom
Jan 01, 2014 Mike Bloom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 07, 2010 Librariel rated it really liked it
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...
Oct 03, 2013 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: school-books
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.
Enrico Ammirati
Dec 25, 2013 Enrico Ammirati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very easily read series of short stories with a picture of the effects of war that is very difficult to face.
Anka Räubertochter
Sep 01, 2015 Anka Räubertochter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2
Ein Teil der Geschichten war phänomenal, andere konnten mich weniger überzeugen. Trotzdem ist dieser Kurzgeschichtenband absolut lesenswert!
Carlo Mayer
Finito il 1988
Alexander Macho
Jun 23, 2015 Alexander Macho rated it it was amazing
Wow. Trocken, klar, präzise, aber voller Seele und Anteilnahme. Nees2Reread
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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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