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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich…

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1974)

by Heinrich Böll

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  MatkaBoska | Jul 23, 2017 |
I enjoyed this novel very much as the author, Heinrich Boll, did a great job of showing how newspapers can ruin a person's life by publishing lies in order to use the power of their ink. It is an unique mystery story as we are shown the end result of murder and how the violence unfolds throughout the rest of the novel. Although written in 1974 this story is very relevant even today as newspapers are still very active in this practice. ( )
  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
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). ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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  Lynsey2 | Jan 15, 2016 |
The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum Heinrich Boll

Opening with the confession of Katharina to the murder of a journalist in her flat, the story told by a detached narrator presents the events of the past few days that lead to the murder and asks the reader to decided who committed the biggest crime Katharina or the people whose actions drove her to it.

This novel contains a warning about believing everything you read or hear in the news and how lives can be destroyed by the manipulative actions of the media and those with a vested interest in keeping the real story hidden.

Katharina is an ordinary woman, a house keeper by profession whose life is destroyed by being misrepresented in the media, her only crime falling in love with the wrong man.

This is a powerful read and is still relevant today, this morning I was watching a news article about Jeremy Clarkson the report claimed he had said that being fired from Top Gear was "worse than losing a child" what he actually said was "Top Gear was my baby, I am lost without it" or words to that effect I find that kind of manipulation and misrepresenting reprehensible and entirely unnecessary.
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  BookWormM | 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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Böll, HeinrichAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernard, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Löfdahl, KarinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Svensson, PerAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vennewitz, LeilaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Personen und Handlung dieser Erzählung sind frei erfunden. Sollten sich bei der Schilderung gewisser journalistischer Praktiken Ähnlichkeiten mit den Praktiken der "Bild"-Zeitung ergeben haben, so sind diese Ähnlichkeiten weder beabsichtigt noch zufällig, sondern unvermeidlich.
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A "powerful image of innocence betrayed, of measureless evil oozing quietly from regulated, unimpeachable convention" - LJ.

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