Billiards at Half-Past Nine
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 Second World War. An encounter with a war-time ... show more
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 Second World War. An encounter with a war-time nemesis, now a power in the reconstruction of Germany, forces him to confront private memories and the wounds of Germany’s defeat in the two World Wars.
Publish date: December 28th 2010
Publisher: Melville House
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Modern Classics
, German Literature
Heinrich Böll with his eternal cigarette(*) Sometimes the Swedish Academy does get things right, and one of these times was the award of the Nobel Prize in 1972 to Heinrich Böll (1917-1985), the year after he published the excellent Gruppenbild mit Dame (though probably my favorite is Ansichten ...
حواست جمع باشد، پسر جان، هر جا از مزرعهها دود بلند شد و جنگلها پژمردند، بدان که در آنجا نان و نمک گرگ کالایی است متبرک و مقدسسخنان یوهانا کیلب در آسایشگاه روانی دنکلینگن، برگردان کیکاووس جهانداری، از صفحهٔ ۱۶۲ چاپ دوم ۱۳۹۱ نشر ماهی
An intriguing look at one family's experiences through two world wars in Germany, as seen from different perspectives and points in time. However, the writing can be a rather weighty and takes work to get through, especially with so many perspective changes and so many people to keep track of.
This is a wonderful, wonderful book -- and it has made me a fan of Böll -- the writing is lovely, humane, a spirit of dignity... I found the ending somewhat less satisfying, as there were too many loose threads, and so the missing star. But this remains a wonderful read, and the discovery for me of ...