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German Efficiency

Heinrich Böll

Translated by Shaun Whiteside

‘I hate the man who stood back to back with me for the hour-long journey from Düsseldorf to Cologne.’

Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll's books include Black Sheep (1951), The Bread of Those Early Years (1955), Billiards at Half Past Nine (1959), Group Portrait with a Lady (1971) and The Safety Net (1979). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972. He died in 1985.

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Translated by Shaun Whiteside

Shaun Whiteside is a translator of French, Dutch, Italian and German literary works. He sits on the PEN Writers in Translation committee.

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