The chapter Prina chose from Heinrich Böll’s book ‘Billiards at Half-Past Nine’ (1959) consists of a monologue by the character Johanna Fähmel. Looking back on her life, she mourns the political persecution of one son during Germany in the thirties and the death of another in World War II. She was committed to a sanatorium in 1942 for trying to get into the freight cars with Jews headed to extermination camps.
Prina reproduced the monologue, printed in Gothic script on black, red and yellow paper, evoking the German flag, and presented it in the same room at the Dom Hotel in Cologne in which Fähmel’s character appears in a scene in the film.
A reading took place at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice, California, as his contribution to “2nd Annual Night of Erotica”, an evening of readings organised by Benjamin Weissman.
Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 1994.
First edition. Limited to 300 copies, signed and numbered by the artist Small 8vo (20.7 × 13.9 cm) Hardcover 96 pp Texts in English and German Black cloth glued to boards with embossed typography. Sewn bound. Printed on black, red and yellow paper and typeset in Modern Blackletter.
Fine. Item ID: 1434.