Since Heinrich Böll's death in July 1985 his family has released previously unpublished material, which has enjoyed bewildering commercial success and demonstrated that the German public's interest in its most prominent and controversial author is undiminished. The early novel Der Engel Schwieg. for example, which has since been translated into English, sold 100,000 copies in an expensive hardback edition within three months of its appearance in 1992; a success likely to be repeated if Böll's heirs should go ahead with the publication of another novel written in the late 1940s, Kreuz ohne Liebe/ In addition to the wealth of unpublished works, Böll's literary estate also contains 60,000 letters, which promise to excite the attention of both scholars and admirers of his fiction.



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