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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: How Violence Develops and Where It Can… (original 1974; edition 1975)

by Heinrich Böll, Leila Vennewitz. (Translator)

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Title:The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lead
Authors:Heinrich Böll
Other authors:Leila Vennewitz. (Translator)
Info:McGraw-Hill (1975), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 140 pages
Collections:Novels, Your library
Rating:****
Tags:German Literature, 20th Century, Fiction, Journalism, Violence

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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll (1974)

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A brilliant narrative voice; a great reflection on the tricks and power--for good and bad--of narrative, particularly as used by journalists and crime writers; and a hilarious satire on conservatives, radicals, liberals and, particularly, middle aged men's penises. It reads well, which is a credit to the translator. Basically, this is the best novel I've read in a while, and I can't wait to pick up more Boll. ( )
  stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
... or how the tabloid press can ruin the life of an ordinary woman in just four days. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Nov 17, 2013 |
"or how violence can develop and where it can lead" Sensational tabloid news and the political climate over the panic of the Red Army Faction in the 70s in Germany. The protagonist, Katherine Blum, is an housekeeper whose life is ruined by a reporter who publishes outright lies. She invites him to her apartment and shoots him This occurs in the beginning and is not a spoiler. The narrative voice is detached. Impartial reporting example yet it is obvious that the reporter's symptom is with Katharina. The author once said "Die Gewalt von Worten Kann manchmal schlemmer sein als die von ohrfeigen and Pistolen." or (words can be more destructive than punches and pistols) ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 16, 2013 |
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  1001booksvbb_aus | Sep 17, 2013 |
This book is wryly told in a dry and exceedingly FACTUAL manner. Why? To contrast that style-- which is accurate but a major put-off to most readers-- with the sensationalistic twist on the factual that is the subject of the book. At some level, most people are more attracted to that type of "news". And this book reveals the harm it can do. Very clever, even important, but not a fun read. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Heinrich Böllprimary 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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Für den folgenden Bericht gibt es einige Neben- und drei Hauptquellen, die hier am Anfang einmal genannt, dann aber nicht mehr erwähnt werden.
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A "powerful image of innocence betrayed, of measureless evil oozing quietly from regulated, unimpeachable convention" - LJ.

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