Heinrich Böll, Wo warst du, Adam? [Where were You, Adam? / Adam, Where Art Thou?]

Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

Heinrich Böll (1917-1985) was one of the best-known and most popular German authors following the Second World War. Much of his writing from the later forties into the mid-sixties deals precisely with the war, especially with its impact on the common soldier and the ordinary citizen. In Wo warst Du, Adam?, his first published novel, he delivers his most extensive indictment of the senseless inhumanity of this particular war, with its peculiar perversity, and, by extension, of all war.

Böll served in the German infantry, much against his will, from 1939 to 1945. During this period he was moved all over Europe between France and Russia and was wounded four times, ending the war in allied captivity. His constantly changing experience of the war may have influenced the episodic structure of

1892 words

Citation: Rowland, Herbert. "Wo warst du, Adam?". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 February 2014 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11628, accessed 09 December 2023.]

11628 Wo warst du, Adam? 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.