The Silent Angel

The Silent Angel

by Heinrich Boll
     
 

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Just days after the end of World War II, German soldier Hans Schnitzler returns to a bombed German city, carrying a dead comrade's coat to his widow-not knowing that the coat contains a will. Soon Hans is caught in a dangerous intrigue involving the will; he also begins a tentative romance with another grieving woman, as together they seek an identity and a future

Overview

Just days after the end of World War II, German soldier Hans Schnitzler returns to a bombed German city, carrying a dead comrade's coat to his widow-not knowing that the coat contains a will. Soon Hans is caught in a dangerous intrigue involving the will; he also begins a tentative romance with another grieving woman, as together they seek an identity and a future together in he ruined city.

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"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

Peter Filkins
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Boll's first novel, unpublished until after his death, tells a story of decay and redemption in post World War II Germany.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.)
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312131715
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
07/15/1995
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

Heinrich Böll recieved the Nobel Prize for literature in 1927. His novels include The Clown and Billiards at Half-Past Nine. He died in 1985 in Germany

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