Missing Persons and Other Essays

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The only collection of Boll's nonfiction prose to be published in English spans over two decades of social, political, literary, and cultural commentary. These twenty-nine essays, reviews, and speeches reflect the same moral passion and deep wisdom that resonate through his fiction. Here is Boll the Nobel laureate and Boll the private man: his compassion for ordinary people, his unblinking view of the tragedies of war, his satiric portrait of modern urban life, and his deeply personal reflections on life and ...
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Overview

The only collection of Boll's nonfiction prose to be published in English spans over two decades of social, political, literary, and cultural commentary. These twenty-nine essays, reviews, and speeches reflect the same moral passion and deep wisdom that resonate through his fiction. Here is Boll the Nobel laureate and Boll the private man: his compassion for ordinary people, his unblinking view of the tragedies of war, his satiric portrait of modern urban life, and his deeply personal reflections on life and literature.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810111622
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/1994
  • Series: European Classics Series
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.73 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Missing Persons (1971) 3
Number Seven, Hulchrather Street (1971) 9
Which Cologne? (1965) 22
The "How" and the "What" (1965) 28
The Place Was Incidental (1969) 35
In Defense of Washtubs (1959) 41
"You Are Now Entering Germany" (1967) 46
Rome at First Sight (1961) 51
Canned Air (1972) 54
Trying to Close the Gap (1973) 59
The Root of Northern Ireland's Troubles (1970) 88
Brendan Behan (1965) 98
The Moscow Shoeshiners (1970) 103
To a Bishop, a General, and a Cabinet Minister Born 1917 (1966) 106
In Defense of "Rubble Literature" (1952) 126
Suffering, Wrath, and Serenity (1970) 135
The Captive World (1969) 140
The Divine Bitterness of Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1974) 156
"The Oak and the Calf" (1976) 171
"Woe Is Me!" (1968) 176
The Poetry of Curses (1969) 181
Look Back in Rancor (1976) 189
An Approach to the Rationality of Poetry (1973) 199
Art and Its Objects (1968) 219
Georg Buchner's Relevance Today (1967) 225
The Gun Was Aimed at Kafka (1968) 234
He That Hath Eyes to See, Let Him See! (1970) 250
Foreword to Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1968) 257
Dostoevski - Today? (1972) 262
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