Nobel Prize for Literature 1972
Place of action of this novel is Bonn – a location of highest political topicality. However, Böll is not interested in day-to day politics but rather, in the network of relationships and stories behind the scenes of official self-representation. The wives of the politicians, normally assigned only ornamental functions on the social scene, move into the spotlight in this novel: They are the secret social corrective, the redeeming feature in a world of intrique and scandal that is almost exlusively populated by men. Böll does not draw portraits, he does not lay tracks for identification of well known politicians. His characters are ‘painted over’ as it were, but in such a way as to be recognizable as prototypes of the Bonn Scene. As such, they can speak up quite bluntly in Böll’s novel. In a network of dialogs and monologs, they reveal the intimacies of couples, the intrigues as well as doubts of political partners, without holding back. With this artful use of dialog, what is usually left unsaid in politics is made public, if only in fiction.
release: 27. September 2007
256 pages, gebunden mit SU
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Finland: Otava Publishing Group
UK: Secker & Warburg
The title was furthermore published in the following countries: Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, USA, Yugoslavia.
About the Author
In 1972, Heinrich Böll became the first German to win the Nobel Prize for literature since Thomas Mann in 1929. Born in Cologne, in 1917, Böll was reared in a liberal Catholic, pacifist family. Drafted into the Wehrmacht, he served on the Russian and French fronts and was wounded four times before he found himself in an American prison camp. After the war he began writing about his shattering experiences as a soldier. His first novel, The Train Was on Time, was published in 1949, and he went on to become one of the most prolific and important of post-war German writers. Böll served for several years as the president of International P.E.N. and was a leading defender of the intellectual freedom of writers throughout the world. He died in June 1985.