Heinrich Böll (1917 - 1985)
16th July 2015 - 40 Anniversary of his death.
Heinrich Theodor Böll, 1917 – 1985, was one of Germany's foremost post-World War II writers.
His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and he remains one of Germany's most widely read authors. His best-known works are Billiards at Half-past Nine (1959), And Never Said a Word (1953), The Bread of Those Early Years (1955), The Clown (1963), Group Portrait with Lady (1971), The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (1974) and The Safety Net (1979).
Despite the variety of themes and content in his work, there are certain recurring patterns: Many of his novels and stories describe intimate and personal life struggling to sustain itself against the wider background of war, terrorism, political divisions and profound economic and social transition.
He was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize in 1967 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972.