Brought up via the Nobel Prize committee because the “crown” of Heinrich Böll’s paintings, the gripping tale of Group Portrait With Lady unspools like a suspenseful documentary. through a sequence of demanding interviews, an unnamed narrator uncovers the story—past and present—of one in every of Böll’s such a lot exciting characters, the enigmatic Leni Pfeiffer, a suffering conflict widow.
on the heart of her fight is her attempt to avoid the demolition of her Cologne condo construction, a struggle within which she is joined through a motley team of friends. with her illegitimate son, Lev, she turns into the nexus of a countercultural team rebelling opposed to Germany’s dehumanizing prior lower than the Nazis ... and what appears to be like to be an both dehumanizing destiny below capitalism.
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