Heinrich Böll

Literary Birthday – 21 December – Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll was born 21 December 1917 and died 16 July 1985.

Five Quotes 

  1. One ought to go too far, in order to know how far one can go.
  2. Humour is really one of the hardest things to define, very hard. And it’s very ambiguous. You have it, or you don’t. You can’t attain it.
  3. It’s true and it’s easily said that language is material, and something does materialise as one writes.
  4. Behind every word a whole world is hidden that must be imagined.
  5. I need very little reality.

Heinrich Böll was one of Germany’s foremost post-World War II writers. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1972. His first novel, Der Zug war pünktlich (The Train Was on Time), was published in 1949.



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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 21st December 2015