Book List in Order:20 titles

  • Heinrich Böll’s taut and haunting first novel tells the story of twenty-four-year-old Private Andreas as he journeys on a troop train across the German countryside to the Eastern front. Trapped, he knows that Hitler has already lost the war ... ye...


  • A New York Times Notable Book of the YearWinner of the Nobel Prize for LiteratureIn this collection of stories, written between 1938 and 1945, Heinrich Böll (1917-1985) recalls Erich Maria Remarque in his ability to depict war and its psychological ...


  • Contains the novellas When the War Broke Out and When the War Was Over, originally published in German by Insel- Verlag, Frankfurt-am-Main, 1962 and subsequently published as Absent Without Leave by Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Koln, 1964. The English tran...


  • These twenty-six stories illustrate Heinrich Boll's finely nuanced storytelling at its best. In stunning portraits of ordinary people, Boll creates a rich tapestry of the dark years in postwar Germany. There are tales of soldiers on leave, listlessly...


  • 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 ...




  • In an era in which journalists will stop at nothing to break a story, Henrich Bll's The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum has taken on heightened relevance. A young woman's association with a hunted man makes her the target of a journalist determined to ...







  • “This evocation of the great German humanistic tradition is salutary amid so much pain and absurdity. And no writer is more qualified than Heinrich Böll to evoke that tradition.” ―Washington Post These stories by Nobel Prize winner Heinrich B...



  • The Nobel Prize-winning writer recounts events of four crucial years of his adolescence, 1933 to 1937, years during which he, his family, his school, and his Cologne neighborhood experienced the intensifying impact of Nazism...



  • Cited by the Nobel Prize committee as the “crown” of Heinrich BÃll’s work, the gripping story of Group Portrait With Lady unspools like a suspenseful documentary. Via a series of tense interviews, an unnamed narrator uncovers the story—pa...


  • Fritz Tolm has risen to the most powerful position in Germany. With fame comes fear and vulnerability. Threats to his life are met with the all-pervasive “safety-net” of police protection and surveillance. Trapped in a house they dare not leave, ...


  • Paperback. Text contains underlining/marking THROUGHOUT. Corner bumps/bends. Covers show edge wear with rubbing, creases, sicker scuff and corner tear on front. Crease on spine. Heavily worn but pages still quite legible/readable....




  • Böll’s well-known opposition to fascism and war informs this moving story of a single day in the life of traumatized soldier Robert Faehmel, scion of a family of successful Cologne architects, as he struggles to return to ordinary life after the S...