Group Portrait With Lady - Heinrich BollNew York, St. Louis, San Francisco, Dusseldorf, Mexico & Toronto: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1973, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper a little frayed at the spine ends and corners. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block, similar to the blanks with the top corner of the first blank clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Heinrich Boll’s masterful and stunning new novel, a summation of all his previous works, is an inventive and sardonic “portrait” of the effects of Nazi Germany on a small group of people who lived there during the war. The focal point is Leni Pfeiffer, in pursuit of whose history Boll’s imaginary “Author” interviews a vast number of characters who at one time or another have known her — among them are the successful, the failures, the conformists, nonconformists, opportunists, eccentrics — all drawn in dazzling detail and bringing to the surface both their normal and their bizarre ways of life. From page to page his “heroine” is fleshed out in body and spirit. Leni is too human to be at home in an inhumane society; she is not a rebel, rather a passive resister, a timeless romantic creature, perhaps the herald of a better world, and this automatically makes her the focal point of what may be an emerging countersociety.
Size: 9¼" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 405
Translator: Leila Vennewitz
Cover Art By: Stan Skardinkski