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The Clown (1963)

by Heinrich Böll

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Through the eyes of a despairing artist, Hans Schneir, who recreates in his pantomimes incidents in people's lives with honesty and compassion, Boll draws a revealing portrait of German society under Hitler and in the postwar years.
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Fantastischer, fast vollkommener Roman -- Böll vermag, die Ansichten, Besessenheiten und logischen Rätsel eines aus seiner kleinen moralischen Welt ausgestiegenen Jungen mit Tiefe darzustellen, ausgerechnet wenn der Autor selbst nicht so jung war. Zu solchem ist der Roman geschaffen!!! Schade, dass so viele im Augenblick des ersten Abdrucks nichts des Jungen Gedanken kapiert haben, außer seine Abneigung zu Einfältigkeit, die sie ganz faul für Religionsfeindlichkeit nahmen. ( )
  EugenioNegro | Mar 17, 2021 |
A book that was done a disservice by its reputation, at least as far as I'm concerned. It didn't help that I read Wolfgang Koeppen's Death in Rome just before this one; in fact, I read this because of that one. Koeppen's novel is superior in many ways: it's stronger as a picture of German society; it's more interesting and entertaining; it's better on the meta-literary "why do we do art stuff anyway?" question. It's less psychologically plausible, but otherwise, The Clown loses out quite badly.

That said, if this had been presented to me as a kind of addendum to Proust's jealousy volumes, only with some post-Nazi world stuff thrown in, I might have enjoyed it much more. The core of the book is jealousy, not society; it's about an individual, pure and simple, who stands apart from the society he happens to find himself in (i.e., post-war West Germany), but would have stood apart from any society he found himself in. That makes it hard to take seriously as a tragedy (there's no real relationship between the individual and his society, except opposition).

I'm not sure what Boll was aiming at, then, but I know what he succeeded in doing: giving us a plausible depressed artist who has lost the woman he (thinks he) loves to someone he can't stand, even while he has to accept that the man he can't stand is more successful and competent than he is. If you know that's what's going on, you might enjoy it more than I did. If you go in expecting specific, historical, social criticism, you'll be pretty disappointed. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
"Ich bin ein Clown, im Augenblick besser als mein Ruf. Und es gibt ein katholisches Lebewesen, das ich notwendig brauche: marie - aber ausgerechnet die habt ihr mir genommen." Hans Schnier kann nicht akzeptieren, dass Kirche oder Staat bestimmen, was eine Ehe ist...

"Heinrich Böll zeigt, was so selten gezeigt wird: den Alltag einer Liebe." Marcel Reich-Ranicki
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
La storia non mi è piaciuta.
Triste dall'inizio alla fine senza nulla di speciale nel mezzo. Un personaggio, Hans Schnier, fin da subito antipatico e molto più spesso noioso. Eppure è un bel libro. Non puoi smettere di leggerlo e anche se non è in grado di farti fare le ore piccole, è scritto bene, ha un ritmo che non stanca nonostante quel che racconta.

Questo è stato uno dei primi romanzi acquistati seguendo strane vie fatte di commenti e link su Anobii. Tutto sommato non mi è spiaciuto abbastanza da non riprovarci per leggere ancora 'qualcosa che non avrei letto se...'.

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  gi0rgi0 | Mar 25, 2020 |
Despite being mostly spiteful, narcissistic and juvenile its a good read. Occasionally its good for exactly those reasons. The dialogue verges on superb at times and the writing is solid. There is a definite risk of it becoming tedious and obnoxious if it were longer. The angst and philosophical rambling reminded me alternately of Catcher in the ye and Camus, but with extra viciousness tossed in. ( )
1 vote reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Böll, HeinrichAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Araújo Cardalda, LaureanoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hädeler, GüntherCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plas, Michel van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Steen, KnutIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vargas Llosa, MarioForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Coloro ai quali non è stato annunciato nulla di Lui, lo vedranno; e coloro che non ne hanno udito parlare, lo intenderanno" (Rom. xv, 21)
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Era già buio quando arrivai a Bonn. Feci uno sforzo per non dare al mio arrivo quel ritmo di automaticità che si è venuto a creare in cinque anni di continuo viaggiare: scendere le scale della stazione, risalire altre scale, deporre la borsa da viaggio, levare il biglietto dalla tasca del soprabito, consegnare il biglietto, dirigersi verso l'edicola dei giornali, comperare le edizioni della sera, uscire, far cenno a un tassì.
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Through the eyes of a despairing artist, Hans Schneir, who recreates in his pantomimes incidents in people's lives with honesty and compassion, Boll draws a revealing portrait of German society under Hitler and in the postwar years.

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Un clown, attraverso le sue pantomime, lancia accuse feroci all'opulente società tedesca occidentale che sembra aver smarrito ogni valore.
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