Heinrich Theodor Boll
Nobel Prize in Literature-1972 , Georg Buchner
Prize-1967 . First German-born author to receive the Nobel after Nelly
Sachs in 1966.
in its citation stated that the prize was given for
"his writing which through its
combination of a broad perspective on his time and a sensitive skill
in characterization has contributed to a renewal of German Literature."
Born: 21/12/1917 in Cologne, Germany
Died: 16/07/1985 near Bonn, Germany
Citizen: German ( then Federal Republic of
Germany, now Germany)
was one of
the most prolific Post Second World War writers and novelists who
faithfully and artistically portrayed the German miseries and agony
before, during and after the war. He was opposed to Nazism and refused
to join Hitler Youth during the 1930s. He was conscripted to the army,
served in France,Romania,Hungray and Soviet Union and captured by
Americans in April, 1945 and was sent to Prisoner-of-War camp.
His first novel, The Train was on Time, was published when he
was 30. followed by Where had you been Adam. The second
novel depicts the wartime unnatural emotions of the soldiers. He was
scarred for life when his home town Cologne was taken over by Nazis
and was subsequently devastated due to Allied Bombing. The effect of
war and its aftermath on common people was the subject matter of many
of his works.
He was the President of West German P.E.N and subsequently
International P.E.N. Boll was critical of dark side of Capitalism and
his books sold well in Eastern Europe & Soviet Union. However, when
Alexander Solzhenitsyn was expelled from Soviet Union, he first sought
refuge in Boll's Eifel cottage.
Boll died at the age of 67.
Der Zug war puenktlich --
The Train was on Time(1949/1956),Und Sagte Kein
einziges wort-- Acquainted with the Night(1953/1954),
Wo waerst du Adam-- Where had you been
Adam(1955/), Das Brot der fruehen Jahre--
The Bread of Our Early Years(1956/1957),
Billard um halb zehn-- Billards at
Half-past Nine (1959/1961) , Ansichten eines Clowns--
The Clown (1963/1965), Ende
Einer Dienstfahrt-- End of a Mission
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