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What background information is the reader given about Leni early in the biography?


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In the novel, the reader is early introduced to Leni and is provided background information concerning her childhood and adolescence, including her convent education where she meets the mystical Sister Rahel, a major influence in Leni's emotional and philosophical development. For Leni, as for many of Boll's fictional characters, the Second World War serves as a significant although unfortunate turning point, shattering the world Leni knew and replacing it with the contemporary Germany she would ultimately reject.


Group Portrait with Lady