Cold Smoke, Wet Rubble
- The Silent Angel by Heinrich Böll, translated by Breon Mitchell
Deutsch, 173 pp, £14.99, October 1994, ISBN 0 233 98907 2
This is Heinrich Böll’s apprentice novel, written between 1949 and 1951. Since Friedrich Middelhauve, who published his stories, was unwilling to bring out the novel, Böll put it by and with professional economy used passages from it in later books. For that reason it wasn’t published in his lifetime but has come out now, to mark what would have been his 75th birthday.
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