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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1974)

by Heinrich Böll

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Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll's powerful novel about a woman terrorized by the media A Penguin Classic In an era in which journalists will stop at nothing to break a story, Henrich Böll's The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum has taken on heightened relevance. A young woman's association with a hunted man makes her the target of a journalist determined to grab headlines by portraying her as an evil woman. As the attacks on her escalate and she becomes the victim of anonymous threats, Katharina sees only one way out of her nightmare. Turning the mystery genre on its head, the novel begins with the confession of a crime, drawing the reader into a web of sensationalism, character assassination, and the unavoidable eruption of violence. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.… (more)
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Zavarba ejtő írás - ha a keletkezésének idejét nézzük, méginkább. Azóta történtek már pro és contra nagy visszhangot kiváltó halálesetek a médiával kapcsolatban. Furcsa írásmű, mely valahol a hírlapi cikk és a bűnügyi tudósítás/kihallgatási jegyzőkönyv között lebeg. Nagyon erős hangsúlyt ad a véleménye kifejezésének, amely azonban indirekt marad mindvégig. A kiszolgáltatottság és a tehetetlenség regénye marad mindvégig, ahelyett, hogy egy szerelmi történet lenne... ( )
  gjudit8 | Aug 3, 2020 |
This book has been waiting a long time until I finally read it.
Although it was not a big book, it was certainly not a simple book.

A little strange, it gave me an uncanny feeling. I'm happy to be able to cross one off the 1001-list again :-) ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Jul 2, 2019 |
in Texas Christmas 1990
  MatkaBoska | Jul 23, 2017 |
At the beginning of the novel, Katharina Blum arrives at a police inspector’s house and lets him know that she has killed a journalist whose body is in her apartment. In the rest of the novel, a very methodical and detached narrator takes us through the events of the last week that led up to this moment. Earlier in the week, Katharina spent the night with a man she just met at a party who was wanted by the police. The police question her very thoroughly and suspect that she is his accomplice. A less-than-reputable newspaper gets a hold of the story and exaggerates things to make Katharina and the people who are close to her look as bad as possible, and Katharina is not the only person whose life is ruined by the newspaper’s slander.

I really liked this book. The unique narrative style sucks you in and makes it hard to put down. I loved the narrator’s tone of voice and logical progression through the facts which made him seem like an independent and impartial observer. I was also struck by how relevant the topic is today. I was just reading an article about how in the age of the internet, it’s very easy for people to be publicly shamed and have their lives ruined for an offense that doesn’t deserve such a severe punishment (a badly worded or poorly thought out post, for example). I almost gave the book five stars, but it just fell a little short for me (there were a couple times when it was hard to keep the characters straight, but I may just have been reading with too many distractions). ( )
1 vote AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
3.5 stars ( )
  Lynsey2 | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Tras acudir a una fiesta, Katharina Blum pasa la noche con un hombre al que acaba de conocer. A la mañana siguiente, Katharina descubre que su acompañante es sospechoso de diversos delitos. A partir de entonces será acusada de ser cómplice. La prensa, la policía y la justicia se unirán para destrozar su reputación, hasta hacer de su vida un infierno. Con un estilo que combina el informe policial y el artículo periodístico, Heinrich Böll hace una apasionante crítica a los medios de comunicación sensacionalistas y al abuso de los mecanismos de poder.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Böll, HeinrichAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernard, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Löfdahl, KarinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Svensson, PerAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vennewitz, LeilaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll's powerful novel about a woman terrorized by the media A Penguin Classic In an era in which journalists will stop at nothing to break a story, Henrich Böll's The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum has taken on heightened relevance. A young woman's association with a hunted man makes her the target of a journalist determined to grab headlines by portraying her as an evil woman. As the attacks on her escalate and she becomes the victim of anonymous threats, Katharina sees only one way out of her nightmare. Turning the mystery genre on its head, the novel begins with the confession of a crime, drawing the reader into a web of sensationalism, character assassination, and the unavoidable eruption of violence. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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