(1917-1985) German novelist. A radical Catholic and anti-Nazi, he attacked Germany’s political past and the materialism of its contemporary society. His many publications include poems, short stories, and novels which satirized West German society, for example Billard um Halbzehn/Billiards at Half-Past Nine 1959 and Gruppenbild mit Dame/Group Portrait with Lady 1971.
Nobel Prize for Literature 1972.
ETYM Old Eng. bolle boll, bowl, AS. bolla. Related to Bowl a vessel.
(Homonym: bole, bowl).
The rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant.