Heinrich Böll (1917-1985) was one of Germany’s most popular and most important authors and public intellectuals during the decades following World War II. From the later 1940s to the early 1970s he devoted most of his extensive long- and short-form narrative prose as well as numerous radio plays and essays to the depiction and elucidation of the war and its impact on the individual and the nation, both during the conflict and over the ensuing years. Haus ohne Hüter [Tomorrow and Yesterday / The Unguarded House, 1954] was his second, and lengthiest published novel to focus on the problems of public and especially private life in Germany during the period of restoration and reconstruction in the 1950s.
In Haus ohne Hüter Böll employed a liberal form of the limited third-person
Citation: Rowland, Herbert. "Haus ohne Hüter". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 May 2022 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11630, accessed 03 December 2023.]