The Work of Heinrich Böll

The Work of Heinrich Böll

"Billards at Half-Past Nine," "Group Portrait with Lady,"  "The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum" and more. Find information here on some of Heinrich Böll's work.


Heinrich Böll won the 1972 Nobel Prize in Literature "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." 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:

His other works in English include:

  • Adam Where Art Thou

  • The Train Was on Time

  • Traveller, If You Come to Spa ...

  • Acquainted with the Night: a Novel

  • The Unguarded House

  • Absent without Leave: Two Novellas

  • 18 Stories

  • Absent without Leave and Other Stories

  • End of a Mission

  • Irish Journal

  • Adam and The Train: Two Novels

  • Children Are Civilians, Too

  • Missing Persons and Other Essays

  • And Never Said a Word

  • The Safety Net

  • What's to Become of the Boy? or, Something to Do with Books

  • A Soldier's Legacy

  • The Casualty

  • Heinrich Boll, on His Death: Selected Obituaries and the Last Interview.

  • Women in a River Landscape: A Novel in Dialogues and Soliloquies

  • The Short Stories of Heinrich Böll

  • The Silent Angel

  • Missing Persons and Other Essays

  • The Mad Dog: Stories


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