New PDF release: Billiards at Half-Past Nine

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By Heinrich Böll

ISBN-10: 1935554840

ISBN-13: 9781935554844

Böll's recognized competition to fascism and warfare informs this relocating tale of a unmarried day within the lifetime of traumatized soldier Robert Faehmel, scion of a relatives of profitable Cologne architects, as he struggles to come back to boring existence after the second one international warfare. An come across with a war-time nemesis, now an influence within the reconstruction of Germany, forces him to confront inner most thoughts and the injuries of Germany's defeat within the international Wars.

Translated by means of Patrick Bowles

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Ravelstein was still un able to walk and had only the partial use of his arms and of his hands. He could smoke, he could dial numbers on the telephone--otherwise he was, in the French expression he preferred, _hors d'usage__. As soon as Nikki arrived, Rosamund and I left and waited outside. After a time Nikki came out with tears on his face. He very seldom discussed Ravelstein with me or other friends. He accepted us because we had been vetted by Abe. We were the people Abe talked to about matters he, Nikki, was not interested in.

She does the work as well as anybody. Her Greek is more than adequate, and she doesn't miss a thing, understands the texts perfectly well. Very nervous and unsure about herself. And she's very attractive, isn't she. " He didn't know it, but I had been, for once, ahead of him. wasn't going to have Ravelstein vet Rosamund for me. I couldn't let him arrange my marriage as he did for his students. If he lacked all feeling for you, he didn't give a damn what you did. But if you were one of his friends it was a bad idea, he thought, for you to take things into your own hands.

But Abe and I, happy to see each other again after so many months, hardly gave a thought to Vela, or to Ravelstein's impropriety in barging into the bedroom. He should at least have knocked. It was her bedroom, as she was to remind me. I might have known from the dainty anger of her running that Ravelstein was guilty of an outrage. I was unwilling to take her notions of good conduct into account. She said afterward that she could never forgive him for blundering into her room. Why did he rush in without warning, before she was dressed?

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