Heinrich Böll (1917-1985) was one of Germany’s best-known and most popular authors and public intellectuals following World War II. From the later forties to the early seventies he devoted most of his creative energy to depicting the impact of the war on the individual and the nation both during the conflict and over the ensuing years. Und sagte kein einziges Wort was his first major published novel to focus on the problems of life in Germany during the period of restoration and reconstruction during the 1950s.
The novel marks a departure in Böll’s long fiction with regard to narrative point of view. While using the third-person omniscient in almost all of his previous novels and novel fragments, he assigns alternating chapters of the present work to the two protagonists, who relate
Citation: Rowland, Herbert. "Und sagte kein einziges Wort". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 June 2014 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11629, accessed 09 December 2023.]