Stories of Heinrich Boll

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This volume collects sixty-three stories and novellas written by Heinrich Boll between 1947 and 1985. It brings together selections from Boll's earlier collections and some previously unpublished work. The chronological organization represents the entire span of Boll's career, from the stories of the early postwar period, to the masterfully satirical tales of later years.
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Overview

This volume collects sixty-three stories and novellas written by Heinrich Boll between 1947 and 1985. It brings together selections from Boll's earlier collections and some previously unpublished work. The chronological organization represents the entire span of Boll's career, from the stories of the early postwar period, to the masterfully satirical tales of later years.
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Editorial Reviews

D J. Enright
As one would expect, Boll's stories are less schematic or calculated than his novels, and also less inward in the presentation of character and its quiddities. Some of them are agreeably lighthearted, close to fantasy or not far from farce. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At one extreme of this collection of 67 fiction pieces by the late Nobel laureate are some stories so brief and fragmentary as to seem afterthoughts. At the other are the novellas, several of which, including The Soldier's Legacy (published separately in 1985), have the weight and density of novels. The total range is widefrom droll and facetious, mordant and caustic, as Boll could be when observing the grubby lives of his compatriots, to the brooding intensity of the pieces haunted by the Hitler era, telling of his own experiences as a draftee in the Wehrmacht (thought he was a Catholic pacifist) and as a prisoner of war. Better, a character says in a kind of summing-up, to be ``a dead Jew than a live German.'' If the lesser pieces are forgettably slight, overall the writer's distinctive virtues prevail: his wide culture and cultivated intelligence; his gift for parable and fable; his humane sensibility and eye for the mindless cruelties and desolations of war. And, perhaps above all, his talentas a character remarks, ``for turning everything into a symbolic event.'' February 28
Library Journal
Until his recent death, Boll was the preeminent chronicler of Germany's agonizing rebirth in the latter 20th century. His writings pick at his country's freshly healed wounds, examining the alienation he and his fellow Germans shared both during and after the war. Renowned for his novels and honored with the Nobel Prize, Boll also transmuted his experiences into numerous short stories that rank among the genre's finest. Presented here are sixty-two of these gems and five novellas in an important volume displaying the growth of writer and country from war's dark tragedy to peace's black humor. Fifteen of these stories are translated into English for the first time from their original German, and as always Vennewitz's translation is outstanding. This is essential for all European literature collections. Paul E. Hutchison, English Dept., Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810112070
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: European Classics Series
  • Pages: 685
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Breaking the News 3
My Pal with the Long Hair 7
The Man with the Knives 11
Reunion on the Avenue 20
Broommakers 27
My Expensive Leg 31
And Where Were You, Adam? 34
Children Are Civilians Too 153
At the Bridge 156
In the Darkness 158
The Train Was on Time 165
Candles for the Madonna 251
Across the Bridge 261
That Time We Were in Odessa 266
"Stranger, Bear Word to the Spartans We..." 270
Drinking in Petocki 278
What a Racket 281
Parting 284
Between Trains in X 287
Reunion with Drung 295
The Ration Runners 303
Lohengrin's Death 307
A Soldier's Legacy 316
Business Is Business 382
On the Hook 387
My Sad Face 394
Adventures of a Haversack 400
Black Sheep 408
My Uncle Fred 415
Christmas Not Just Once a Year 419
The Balek Scales 439
The Postcard 446
Recollections of a Young King 452
The Death of Elsa Baskoleit 457
A Peach Tree in His Garden Stands 461
Pale Anna 464
This Is Tibten! 469
Daniel the Just 472
In Search of the Reader 480
The Tidings of Bethlehem 484
And There Was the Evening and the Morning ... 487
The Taste of Bread 493
Murke's Collected Silences 495
Monologue of a Waiter 514
Like a Bad Dream 517
A Case for Kop 523
Undine's Mighty Father 531
In the Valley of the Thundering Hoofs 534
When the War Broke Out 568
When the War Was Over 582
The Thrower-Away 597
Unexpected Guests 605
No Tears for Schmeck 610
Anecdote Concerning the Lowering of Productivity 628
He Came as a Beer-Truck Driver 631
The Staech Affair 637
Till Death Us Do Part 644
On Being Courteous When Compelled to Break the Law 651
Too Many Trips to Heidelberg 659
My Father's Cough 665
Rendezvous with Margret or: Happy Ending 668
Nostalgia or: Grease Spots 677
In Which Language Is One Called Schneckenroder? 681
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