End of a Mission

End of a Mission

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by Heinrich Boll
     
 

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End of a Mission, written in 1968, finds Heinrich Boll trying to come to terms with his country's monstrous past in an investigation of an inexplicable crime and an even more absurd trial. Told to rack up mileage on a jeep to prepare it for inspection, a soldier drives it home--and burns it in the company of his complaisant father. Boll's account of the testimony and… See more details below

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End of a Mission, written in 1968, finds Heinrich Boll trying to come to terms with his country's monstrous past in an investigation of an inexplicable crime and an even more absurd trial. Told to rack up mileage on a jeep to prepare it for inspection, a soldier drives it home--and burns it in the company of his complaisant father. Boll's account of the testimony and background of the witnesses, and their nonplussed response to the composure and satisfaction of the accused, illuminates the life of an insignificant town caught up in sudden, unreasonable importance.

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Library Journal
This triple play from the great German Noble prize winner represents his work from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Typical of Bll, these novels deal with the themes of love and guilt.

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ISBN-13:
9780810111547
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
04/27/1994
Series:
European Classics Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

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