The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum : Or How Violence Develops by Heinrich Böll

By Heinrich Böll

Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll's strong novel a couple of girl terrorized by way of the media

In an period within which newshounds will cease at not anything to wreck a narrative, Henrich Böll's The misplaced Honor of Katharina Blum has taken on heightened relevance. a tender woman's organization with a hunted guy makes her the objective of a journalist decided to snatch headlines through portraying her as an evil lady. because the assaults on her strengthen and she or he turns into the sufferer of nameless threats, Katharina sees just one manner out of her nightmare. Turning the secret style on its head, the radical starts off with the confession of a criminal offense, drawing the reader right into a net of sensationalism, personality assassination, and the unavoidable eruption of violence.

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It would be a simple matter for us to find out from which jeweler the ring was obtained, and whether it was bought or stolen, but I would like to give you a chance—I do not, you see, consider you directly involved in a criminal capacity, merely naive and a little too romantic. How do you propose to explain to me—to us—that you, a person known to be easily shocked, almost prudish, a person whose friends have nicknamed 'the nun,' who avoids discotheques because of the depraved goings-on there, who gets a divorce because her husband 'made advances' to her —how do you propose to explain that you (so you say) did not meet this man Gotten until the day before yesterday and yet that very-day—one might say, post haste—took him home and there very rapidly became, well, shall we say, intimate with him?

21 It was at about 3:30 on the afternoon of the same day (Thursday, February 21, 1974) that Blorna was for the first time putting on his skis at his winter resort in preparation for a cross-country run. From this moment on the vacation to which he had been looking 35 HEINRICH BÖLL forward for so many weeks was ruined. How glorious the walk had been last evening, shortly after their arrival, tramping for two hours through the snow with Trude, then the bottle of wine by the fireside and the deep sleep beside the open window: lingering over their first breakfast, and again lounging on the terrace for a few hours, warmly wrapped up, and just then, at the very moment when he was planning to set out, this fellow from the News had turned up and, with no preamble, started quizzing him about Katharina.

The sender of the envelope produced for my inspection is unknown to me. I take it to be one of the usual specimens of advertising material. I am by this time quite well known in the catering business. Why an advertisement should be sent to me with no sender's 56 THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM name in a fancy lined envelope is something I cannot explain. " On then being asked why on that particular day, although she was obviously—and by her own admission —so fond of driving, why on that particular day she had taken the streetcar to Miss Woltersheim's, Katharina Blum said she had not known whether she would have a lot to drink or a little, and it had seemed safer not to take her own car.

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