The Train Was on Time - Penguin European Writers (Paperback)
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The Train Was on Time - Penguin European Writers (Paperback)

(author), (author of introduction)
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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 04/04/2019
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'Boell's novel blows a stent in the human heart. . . It feels more necessary than ever.' Anna Funder, from the introduction

Twenty-four-year-old Andreas, a disillusioned German soldier, is travelling on a troop train to the Eastern Front when he has an awful premonition that he will die in exactly five days. As he hurtles towards his death, he reflects on the chaos around him - the naive soldiers, the painfully thin girl who pours his coffee, the ruined countryside - with sudden, heart-breaking poignancy. Arriving in Poland the night before he is certain he will die, he meets Olina, a beautiful prostitute, and together they attempt to escape his fate...

'His work reaches the highest level of creative originality and stylistic perfection' Daily Telegraph

'Boll combines a mammoth intelligence with a literary outlook that is masterful and unique' Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22

'My most-admired contemporary novelist' John Ashbery

'From the moment I stepped on board the troop train with Private Andreas, concerns pertaining to my own world fell away completely. Holding this impelling book is tantamount to holding the young soldier's fate in one's hands. It is impossible to let go.' Claire-Louise Bennett, author of Pond

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241370384
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 96 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 7 mm


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His work reaches the highest level of creative originality and stylistic perfection * Daily Telegraph *
Boell combines a mammoth intelligence with a literary outlook that is masterful and unique -- Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22
My most-admired contemporary novelist -- John Ashbery
We must be grateful to the Penguin European Writers series, a precious venture in these dark times -- John Banville
From the moment I stepped on board the troop train with Private Andreas, concerns pertaining to my own world fell away completely. Holding this impelling book is tantamount to holding the young soldier's fate in one's hands. It is impossible to let go. -- Claire-Louise Bennett, author of 'Pond'
Boell's novel blows a stent in the human heart, and shows us the terror there. It feels more necessary than ever -- Anna Funder, from the introduction

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