D.A.N. Jones, 23 October 1986
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Chatto, 189 pp., £9.95, October 1986, 9780701129286Show More
Augustus by Allan Massie.
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Gabriel’s Lament by Paul Bailey.
Cape, 331 pp., £9.95, September 1986, 0 224 02823 5Show More
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“... When Heinrich Böll died, last year, we had come to respect him as a Roman Catholic pacifist, a Nobel Prizeman speaking measured words to young idealists. We may have forgotten the work of his youth, the two post-war novels based on his experience of service with the German Army in Russia. The 22 stories in The Casualty were written in the immediately post-war period, 1946 to 1952, so that they are ‘old’ stories, but satisfyingly youthful, physically aware of particulars, not seeking generalisations, hot-tempered, desperate and ashamed ...”