From the Publisher
"A rich novel, one still pertinent to our own hunger for teh bread of meaning amid the rubble of history." The New York Times Book Review
"A stark and brilliant novel . . . Breon Mitchell's translation is strong and accurate" Ursula Hegi, The Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Vividly realistic . . . strongly symbolic . . . a story about the never-endinig war between good and evil." Christian Science Monitor
While the bleakness Boll portrays might have made German publishers wary in 1950, the artistry of his portrayal makes "The Silent Angel" a rich novel, one still pertinent to our own hunger for the bread of meaning amid the rubble of history. Heinrich Boll's gift to us is the skill with which he captures its first pangs. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Boll's first novel, unpublished until after his death, tells a story of decay and redemption in post World War II Germany. (Aug.)
The late Nobel Prize winner's first novel, now published for the first time, is a significant example of German Heimkehrer literature, which describes the return of soldiers and prisoners of war to their homes after World War II and their problematic reintegration into a society facing the choice of repeating the mistakes of a discredited past or constructing a new, more just society. Particularly moving in its descriptions of the simple struggle for existence in a devastated German city in 1945, the novel explores a surprisingly full range of the mature writer's major themes. The plot centers around Hans, who, seeking a morally defensible life of love and commitment, is seemingly destined to live on the periphery of an economically recovering society. He is contrasted with Fischer, a wealthy and morally empty art connoisseur, who acquires increasing riches and influence with the aid of the hierarchy of the Catholic church. A fine beginning from a great writer; recommended for most collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/94.]-Michael T. O'Pecko, Towson State Univ., Md.