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A Letter to my Sons: War’s End

Heinrich Böll

Translated by Michael Hofmann

‘No, it's not easier for you than it was for us: don't let them tell you otherwise.’

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 Michael Hofmann

Michael Hofmann is a poet. He has translated the works of many writers, including Brecht, Kafka, Fallada and Roth. He teaches at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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