Cited by the Nobel Prize committee as the "crown" of Heinrich Boll's work, the gripping story of "Group Portrait With Lady" unspools like a suspenseful documentary. Via a series of tense interviews, an unnamed narrator uncovers the story--past and present--of one of Boll's most intriguing characters, the enigmatic Leni Pfeiffer, a struggling war widow.
At the center of her struggle is her effort to prevent the demolition of her Cologne apartment building, a fight in which she is joined by a motley group of neighbors. Along with her illegitimate son, Lev, she becomes the nexus of a countercultural group rebelling against Germany's dehumanizing past under the Nazis ... and what looks to be an equally dehumanizing future under capitalism.
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Depicting German life from WW1 until the early 1970s, Boll's novel follows Leni Pfeiffer and her illegitimate son, Lev, as they fight against the demolition of their Cologne apartment building.Review:
"His most grandly conceived [novel]...the magnum opus which so far crowns his work."--The Nobel Prize Committee "Extraordinary ... A powerful work of the imagination." --"The Los Angeles Times""Boll combines a mammoth intelligence with a literary outlook that is masterful and unique."--Joseph Heller
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