The End of a Mission - Heinrich BollLondon: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1968, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short, closed, tear to the head of the upper panel. A little spotting to the endpapers. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “The trial, said the judge, involved the crux, the very crossroads of human life. In a case Iike this, he added, there was no such thing as justice. Nor did the accused expect any.
The trial Heinrich Boll invites you to hear involves a young soldier and his father, a master cabinet-maker. Together, in full public view, they have set fire to an army jeep, accompanying the conflagration by chanting the Litany of the Saints and rhythmically knocking their tobacco pipes together.
It soon becomes clear that this was a Happening. The accused are nonchalant when arraigned before the court. Soon the gratuitous act of arson seems plausible, normal and inevitable… especially when set against the eccentricity of such locals as: An octogenarian priest exhaling ecumenism with every puff of pipe tobacco; A long-service corporal who values barrack room routine as a source of sexual potency; A with-it, blue-stocking, Catholic lawyer’s wife; ”