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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 thre
Paperback, 140 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Penguin Classics (first published January 1974)
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Apr 01, 2016 Γκέλλυ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Το ομολογώ, ξεκίνησα να το διαβάζω χωρίς να έχω την παραμικρή ιδέα για την υπόθεση, υπήρχε στην βιβλιοθήκη μου εδώ και καιρό, μου άρεσε ο τίτλος και ήθελα κάποια στιγμή να διαβάσω Böll. Και πραγματικά το απόλαυσα.

Η Κατερίνα Μπλουμ, μια νεαρή οικιακή βοηθός, γνωριζει κατά τη διάρκεια ενός πάρτι έναν καταζητούμενο ληστή τραπεζών, τον ερωτεύεται, βρίσκεται στο στόχαστρο του κίτρινου τύπου και τέλος δολοφονεί τον δημοσιογράφο ο οποίος ήταν και υπεύθυνος για τον κοινωνικό διασυρμό της.

Ο Heinrich Bö
Oct 19, 2012 ·Karen· rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-german, favourites
This is an astonishing little novella. The most striking contrast to the Flanagan The Unknown Terrorist which treats the same subject of a woman exposed to the savagery of the media after it turns out that the man she spent the night with is a wanted criminal, is the tone. Flanagan wrote a competent thriller, but Böll uses the reports of the state prosecution, the police and Katharina's defence lawyers to create a dry, meticulous, straight narrative of the events of four days. But despite this s ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Ema rated it really liked it
Shelves: germany, read-in-2013
The voice of this novel was something new to me: it is written in the form of a report, apparently reserved and unbiased, which presents the slow but effective process of Katharina Blum's public humiliation by police and press.

It all begins with a murder (I'm not sure this may be considered a spoiler, because it comes in the first pages of the novel):
On Sunday evening at almost the same hour (to be precise, at about 7:04 P.M.) she rings the front door bell at the home of Walter Moeding, Crime
Parastoo Ashtian
Oct 25, 2015 Parastoo Ashtian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
باید خودشان را جای ما بگذارند تا مجسم کنند که چه حالی به ما دست میدهد، هنگامی که توی دهان پرشان و یا بهتر بگویم پوزه ی پرشان باز هم غذا میچپانند، همه هم بدون استثنا ابتدا به ظرف خاویار یورش میبرند. مردان و زنان میلیونری هم هستند که سیگار و کبریت و بیسکویت توی کیفشان پنهان میکنند. اگر امکانش بود پاکت پلاستیکی با خودشان میآوردند و باقیماندهی غذاها و قهوه و شیرینی را با خوشان میبردند. پول همهی اینها را باید زحمتکشان که مالیات از حقوقشان کم میشود بپردازند.

از متن کتاب
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May 22, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
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My first book by the 1972 Nobel Prize for Literature, Heinrich Boll (1917-1985). I am extremely impressed.

This tells the story of a 22-y/o household help and a divorcee, Katharina Blum who at the start of the 4-day Carnival asks her employer for a leave. On the first day, she goes to her friend's party and there meets a mysterious man Ludwig Gotten and falls in love with him. They spend a night in Katharina's apartment and early in the morning Ludwig leaves. Later in the morning, police authorit
Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Irresponsible journalism turns a maid into a murderer. Shock! Horror! It would have been much better written by a 'source' from the National Enquirer. As it is Heinrich Boll is too dry and literary and all the shock and horror is sucked out of it leaving just a competently-written, slightly disturbing story.
Aug 09, 2013 Khatereh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
گرچه همونطور که پیشتر هم گفته بودم، از نثر نویسندههایی که خودشون رو جای خواننده میذارن و ثانیه به ثانیهی داستان رو از ابعاد و نظرگاههای مختلف تحلیل میکنند خوشم نمییاد، اما کتاب «آبروی از دست رفتهی کاترینا بلوم» با وجود سبک مشابه، همچین حسی رو بهم نداد. یعنی بهواقع انقدر در کنه داستان فرو رفته بودم که فرصت فکر کردن به این مسائل رو نداشتم. هنوز که هنوزه تحت تاثیر ماجرای کتاب، عصبانی ام و اگه اغراق نباشه به اندازهی خود کاترینا مشتاق انتقام! البته گمونم شبیه همچین حسی به همهی کسانی که در فضایی مثل آ ...more
Insightful and believable if somewhat confusing look at the media frenzy surrounding a criminal on the run and a young woman who becomes involved with him. It's 1974 and pretty hardworking German Katharina Blum is caught like a rabbit in the headlights when accused of helping wanted criminal Ludwig Gotten evade police capture from a building already under surveillance by law enforcement. Once the tabloids get their dirty little operations going they start an intrusive and nasty smear campaign of ...more
Apr 26, 2010 David rated it really liked it
Over the past year, I have developed a disturbing addiction to one of America's most popular TV shows. Not American Idol. No, it's NCIS . Nothing pleases me more than when Channel 42 runs one of their sporadic Saturday NCIS marathons, because I've come late to a series that's about to finish its seventh season, so there's a heap of old episodes I have yet to see.

There are aspects of this new enthusiasm that I prefer not to analyze too closely, because every addiction has its dark side. With NC
mohammad ebadi
ریویوی بلند نوشته بودم که متاسفانه گودریدز قاطی کرد و پاک شد و حوصله ندارم دوباره بنویسم.
دوست نداشتم. کاترینا ناخواسته در دام بازجویی می افتد و خوراک دروغ سازی روزنامه ای زرد می شود سپس کاترینا سردبیر روزنامه را به قتل می رساند
این را در همان چند صفحه اول فهمیدم،ادامه داستان نتوانست ابعاد جدیدی در مورد طرح داستان و شخصیت به من بدهد و کتاب تمام شد.
با اینکه تکنیک تجربی بودن داستان را تحسین می کنم اما خود داستان لطفی نداشت.
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A brilliant exploration of the corrosive impact of tabloid journalism on one young woman. The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum is dissects the power of the press and it's impact on individual freedom. Told in the form of an unofficial report, this intelligent and pacy story from the 1970s tackles issues of press freedom, responsibility and police tactics.

It's based on a real incident in the author's own life, when he was publicly accused of being a terrorist sympa
Jan 15, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone must have slandered Katharina Blum for, one morning, without having done anything wrong, she was brought in for questioning by the police. But no, it appeared the police are questioning Miss Blum for her involvement with a man who stayed in her place the previous night. The man was accused of murder, most wanted by the authorities, and by all indications, it looked like she helped him escape the police stakeout around her place.

At the outset this looked like a simple crime investigation,
Of course Heinrich Böll wrote The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum in 1974, right as the ramifications of a media-saturated society were becoming apparent-- the great one-two-three of movies about mediated society, Network, Being There, and Videodrome would follow shortly thereafter. In fact, this really is a cinematic sort of novel about how media circuses form and eventually destroy people. Watch as Katharina Blum is slowly Lindsay Lohan'd into violence and insanity, and bitterly laugh along. Also ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Faezeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
با اینکه آخراش تعداد زیاد اسم ها داشت گیجم می کرد ولی کتاب خوبی بود . داستان زندگی خدمتکاری که به یه مجلس رقص دعوت می شه ولی به خاطر گزارش های یک رسانه سرنوشتش به کلی تغییر می کنه . من کلا کتاب های هاینریش بل رو دوست دارم . البته کتاب های از این بهتر زیاد داره ولی این کتاب هم خواندنی بود .
دو تا مشكل باهاش داشتم! با اينكه كتاب كوتاهيه خيلى شخصيت داره و اسما شبيه هم كه باعث گيج شدن خواننده ميشه! و دوم كه از نيمه ى كتاي كامل ميشه حدث زد داستان چيه براى من كه اينجورى بود! خيلى از كتابا با دونستن موضوعش حتى جذابيت داره ولى اين نداشت! با اينكه اولين كاريه كه از بُل ميخونم و هنوز عقايد يك دلقك و سيماى زنى در ميان جمع رو نخوندم برام كاملن كتاب معمولى اى بود
The day I write this review, coincides with two events: Five years ago, on 3/3/2009 the Historical Archive of the City of Cologne collapsed, two people died and many historical treasures kept in the building are believed to be destroyed forever. Today is also Rosenmontag, the highlight of the German carnival season and Cologne being one of the carnival hot spots in Germany.

So, why am I telling you this?

First of all, Heinrich Böll was born in Cologne and lived there or nearby his whole life. Afte
Mar 14, 2010 Julia rated it really liked it
As I had nothing else to read back home at my parent's place, I decided to reread this slim volume I found on my brother's shelves. I had to read this back at school and I remember I was rather bored by it back then and not seduced to read any more Böll.

Some years older, I could appreciate "Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum" much better. Heinrich Böll acts as always as sharp critics of society and politics in Germany, and here attacks the powerful "Bild"-Zeitung, one of the worst tabloids t
Apr 10, 2013 Bethan rated it it was ok
Shelves: regular-fiction
Quite a 'black' story and I get how it's a more intellectualised form of a detective or mystery story. The predominant thing I notice is that there's little of the interior life and descriptive prose here, so it's quite bare bones, and the aim is to present it in a documentary style.

It's about a young woman who is suspected of harbouring a criminal and about what happens then as detectives and a reporter try to unpick the story. Her life and associations are gone into - the family she works wit
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Believe, believe, believe. This seemed to me was the constant silent refrain in this novel while I was reading it, half-expecting that Heinrich Boll would stumble some place and be waylaid by a non-credible twist in his plot and make me gleefully tick the paragraph, or page, with an x-mark, the novel's Waterloo, the justification for my 1-star rating.

But I didn't find any. Here is the innocent Katharina Blum confessing to a crime she didn't commit, a falsehood created by a relentless pursuit of
Philippe Malzieu
Mar 05, 2014 Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing
This book of Böll created sensation. How oldest, the most respected (Nobel Prize), more venerated German authors wrote a novel talking on the same subjects than his turbulents youngs colleagues. Germany of Années de Plomb was one period extraordinary culturally in literature, cinema and music. Böll is the statute of the commander. He delivers a wild portrait of the media. An young woman binds with suspect. She becomes also suspected and the press breaks out against her.
There is a dimensioned vis
After Böll's What's to Become of the Boy? Or, Something to Do with Books and Günter Grass' Headbirths: or The Germans Are Dying Out, here is another quick one (103 pages), a shortie but a goodie, and one of Heinrich Böll's most readable (as in: easy to get into) books. Certainly this one has a different tone (and the pace! don't forget the pace!) than most - if not all - of his other works.

While the outcome of the story is no mystery (it is revealed on page 3), it's how we get there that's explo
Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
Blackly comic novella about the power of language. The equating of innocence with a certain precision of lexical choice and tone is sharply contrasted with the supposedly dispassionate yet nonetheless insinuating language of police investigations and newspaper reports thereby demonstrating how words and their meanings can be subverted to protect vested interest and cause much harm.
Aug 28, 2015 Kourosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اعصاب خردي ناشي از مطالعه اين كتاب به كنار، خوشحالي زايدالوصفي عايدم شد كه نشريات و به طور كلي رسانه هاي ارتباط جمعي در كشور ما داراي چنين قدرتي براي تأثيرگذاري نيستند. روزنامه حقير "بيلد" كه راوي كتاب، بازيگوشانه مستقيما به آن نمي تازد و از طريق روبرو كردن شخصيت هاي كتابش با روزنامه، واكنش آن ها را به ما بازمي نماياند، مي توانست در ايران متناظرهايي چون "كيهان" داشته باشد اگر مردم ايران مانند مردم آلمان بودند، اگر دين اسلام وجود نداشت و بسياري اگرهاي ديگر. يعني در ايران فيلترهايي وجود دارند كه پ ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Lede rated it it was amazing
Oh Katharina, what else can one do when a man says: "Let's bang"
Descending Angel
Apr 15, 2016 Descending Angel rated it liked it
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For me, a book like this is hard to write a review for. It's short and has nothing i didn't really like about it. It's written as a sort of first person report thats presented to the reader which i can't say i'm a fan of but in this case ended up liking as it isn't focused completely on being a report and tells a story. The novel deals with the sensationalism of the news and shows how easy people's lifes can be ruined by false information. Which is interesting, but the story is too extreme a cas ...more
Alemania Occidental principios de la década de los 70’s, Katharina Blum, joven independiente que a sus 27 años posee piso propio, coche y un trabajo estable. Responsable y eficiente se ha ganado el aprecio de sus jefes, quienes la consideran imprescindible. De la señorita Blum también puede decirse que además de pagar sus impuestos puntualmente, por su personalidad reservada y mojigata sus amistades la apodan “la monja”. No queda ninguna duda de que se trata de un modelo de buena conducta y mora ...more
Jan 24, 2010 KJ rated it liked it
Lost in translation? Too much like listening to my father's side of the family? Too "German"? Mayhap. Or it may be that this annoying dude next to me at the gym kept trying to talk to me when I was reading the section that kind of explained a lot of the background. It's hard to put in to words what I mean by "too German." Only another person who is a surviving and socially functioning descendant of a German family in America (and trust me, there aren't many of us) may be able to understand what ...more

وعند الصفحة تنتهي رحلتي مع كاتارينا بلوم ... بطلة الرواية اللعينة - اللعينة هنا وصف من الممكن أن يسري على كل من بطلة الرواية والرواية ككل- وسبب التوقف عن القراءة - التي كانت تتم بدافع الفضول لا اكثر- هو عدم وجود الصفحات من إلى من النسخة التي في يدي

تبدأ الرواية بحادث انتقام تقوم بها بطلة الرواية اللعينة ... وبالقراءة يتضح أن تلك البطلة قد أسيء إليها بشكل ما عندما تورطت في علاقة مع مجرم ومن ثم فقد دخلت دائرة الاتهام وكذلك دائرة الاهتمام الشعبي وأصبحت حياتها محل تناول إعلامي ظالم وفاسد في جزء ك
Mohammed Twair
حقيقة كنت أحدث نفسي قائلاً كيف إلى الآن لم تقرأ شيئاً من الأدب الألماني وأنت تدرس اللغة الألمانية منذ فترة طويلة ..
فقررت أن أبدأ ب هيرمليش بول وهو أحد أهم الكتاب ألمانيا الغربية في فترة ما بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية هو و غونتر غراس ..
المهم في الوضوع أن المترجم -سامحه الله- كانت ترجمته كانت سيئة للغاية مما أرهقني أثناء القراءة سأعطي الرواية نجمتين لسوء الترجمة ..
القصة بشكل عام كانت فكرتها جيدة ..
Abouzar Ghaffari
داستان می توانست بسیار جذاب باشد اگر در درازای آن به شخصیتها بیشتر نزدیک می شدیم و تغییرات و تاثیرات روحی را بیشتر میدانستیم . ساختار روایت و جلو و عقب رفتن در زمان هیچ تاثیری بجز گیج کنندگی داستان نداشت همینطور مزه پرانی بی مورد راوی. خیلی از شخصیتها می آیند و می روند بدون آنکه علت وجودشان را بفهمیم. در مجموع بیشتر شباهت به یکی از همان دست داستانهای صفحات حوادث داشت که بول سعی در نقدشان داشت.اگر مراد انتغام از وزنامه بیلد بوده فکر نکنم موفق باشد!!
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Heinrich Böll became a full-time writer at the age of 30. His first novel, Der Zug war pünktlich (The Train Was on Time), was published in 1949. Many other novels, short stories, radio plays and essay collections followed, and in 1972 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature "for his writing which through its combination of a broad perspective on his time and a sensitive skill in characterizatio ...more
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