In these two novellas, Nobel laureate Heinrich Böll uses strikingly different narrative techniques to portray World War II's impact on the German people....
|Title||:||Absent without Leave|
|Number of Pages||:||148 Pages|
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Absent without Leave Reviews
Narrated in the voice of is a ageing widower (war granted him about 22-days of actual married life, primarily spent while absent without leave; who is also a grandfather, devoted son-in-law, who identifies himself as neurotic, romantic, and (most of all) resigned. Like a lot of Germans in the post war period, he is profoundly alienated from his national identity, indeed allies with the Jews against the Nazis in his mind; he seeks sanctuary and sanity in a playful retelling of his past. Böll is a fantastic storyteller, and this is indeed a fascinating exercise with a lovely reward. As a master of painting mood, even this apparently 'minor' work carries great weight, and is filled with a delicate sense of irony. Brilliant stuff.
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Straight-forward thought provoking prose. Excellent