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Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  9,494 ratings  ·  510 reviews
Die junge anständige Haushälterin Katharina Blum lernt beim Tanzen den Betrüger und Bundeswehrdeserteur Ludwig Götten kennen, verliebt sich, verbringt die Nacht mit ihm und verhilft ihm am nächsten Tag zur Flucht. In der Annahme, sie sei eine Komplizin des vermeintlichen Terroristen Götten, wird die unbescholtene, von Bekannten als prüde angesehene Blum am Morgen verhaftet ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published April 1976 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (first published January 1974)
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Does "freedom of speech" include the right to exploit individuals and to distort evidence to serve a populist paper's financial profit as well as its wealthy, ultra-conservative, bigoted patrons' agenda?

I first read Katharina Blum's story in school, and my memory of it was vague, concerned mostly with the question whether or not it was understandable that she fell in love with a criminal, helped him escape and then committed a murder after being the victim of atrociously untruthful and sensation
Ahmad Sharabiani
338. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, Heinrich Böll
The story deals with the sensationalism of tabloid news and the political climate of panic over Red Army Faction terrorism in the 1970s Federal Republic of Germany. The main character, Katharina Blum, is an innocent housekeeper whose life is ruined by an invasive tabloid reporter and a police investigation when the man with whom she has just fallen in love turns out to be wanted by the police because of a bank robbery.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز ب
Sidharth Vardhan
"Mama I'm in Love with the criminal."
- Britney Spear Katherina Blum

It seems people find a certain kind of enjoyment in seeing each other's lives going to ruins. We love to get hold of dirt on whosoever, we can, maybe it serves as a kind of moral victory for our own boring selves, plus it is a good source of entertainment. And news agencies exploit this tendency by providing us scapegoats. The only time it is a problem for us is when it is our own life being reduced to pieces. Kind of like in Shi
Introduction, by Kurt Andersen
Translator's Acknowledgment

--The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germania
Heinrich Böll conosceva personalmente Ulrike Meinhof e scrisse un saggio su di lei; ospitò a casa sua Solženicyn subito dopo l’espulsione dall’URSS; criticò la guerra fredda, la corsa agli armamenti, il modo come la stampa di destra affrontava il terrorismo, e la politica repressiva del governo tedesco.
Tutto questo scatenò una campagna di stampa contro di lui, fu tacciato di comunismo, in Germania all’epoca accusa gravissima (non solo in Ge
Konstantina August
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: haribo

Δεν θα χαρακτήριζα τον Χάινριχ Μπελ ακριβώς φεμινιστή, δεν μου αρέσει να βάζω ταμπέλες, πόσο μάλλον σε ανθρώπους σαν εκείνον, που δεν ανήκουν πουθενά, σε κανενός είδους κόμμα, θρησκεία, κίνημα ή ιδεολογία, πάρα μονάχα στον εαυτό τους. (δεν δύναμαι να χρησιμοποιώ παρελθοντικό χρόνο για τις αιωνιότητες)

Ωστόσο, κάθε φορά που τον διαβάζω, με συγκινεί το ίδιο έντονα ο ξεχωριστός τρόπος που αγαπά και συνθέτει όλους τους χαρακτήρες του, μα κυρίως τις γυναίκες ηρωίδες του, που δεν θα μπορούσα ποτέ
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Parastoo Ashtian
May 09, 2015 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
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
شاهكار تنها كلمه ايست كه در وصف اين كتاب ميتوانم به كار ببرم.ابروي از دست رفته ي كاترينا بلوم بي نظير است چه از نظر تكنيك نوشتاري و چه از لحاظ داستان گويي..حالا ميبينم كه چه تعداد كتاب خوب وجود دارد كه مهجور مانده اند.
بُل اين كتاب را در نقد روزنامه نگاري نا مسئولانه كه فقط به فكر تيراژ بيشتر و در خدمت ارباب قدرت هستند نوشت.روزنامه هايي كه به اسم ازادي قلم هر خزعبلي را به خورد ملت ميدهند.او حتي انتقادي هم به مردم دارد كه در بزرگ شدن چنين روزنامه هايي شريك هستند
او در ابتداي كتاب نوشته:
افراد و اتفا
Χαρά Ζ.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
_The Lost honor of Katharina Blum_

The lost honor of Katharina Blum is a great book. Heinrich Böll did something absolutely brilliant with it. He was absolutely brilliant with his sarcasm and his bravery and he was in full control of this from beggining to end. He gave me this feeling, that he knew what he was doing, he knew what he wanted to state with his book and he executed it perfectly. I think of him as a highly intelligent human being, i loved how smartly and smoothly he interrupted the fl
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Steven Godin
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
K.D. Absolutely
May 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Shelves: 1001-core
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
Ian D
Ο τίτλος δεν είναι καθόλου τυχαίος. Πώς γεννιέται η βία; Το πού μπορεί να οδηγήσει ακούγεται λίγο οξύμωρο (η βία άλλωστε προκαλεί βία) αλλά ο Böll εισχωρεί λίγο βαθύτερα για να καυτηριάσει την ασυδοσία του τύπου. Με μια γραφή δημοσιογραφική (του ΒΒC όχι της Bild - την οποία δεν κατονομάζει, βέβαια, αλλά περιγράφει με τέτοια ακρίβεια που είναι σαν να το κάνει), αποστειρωμένη και εντελώς απαλλαγμένη από συναισθηματισμούς, καταφέρνει να προβληματίσει όχι, όμως, και να συγκινήσει. Φαντάζομαι αυτό έγ ...more
Navid Taghavi

"افراد و اتفاقات این داستان همگی تخیلی هستند. اگر آنچه نگاشته شده با شیوه ی عمل روزنامه نگاران بیلد شباهت دارد، عمدی و یا اتفاقی نیست، بلکه اجتناب ناپذیر است"
رمان "آبروی از دست رفته کاترینا بلوم" (با نام فرعی "خشونت چگونه شکل می گیرد و به کجا می انجامد") با جمله ی بالا شروع می شود. هاینریش بل با جمله کوبنده و حساب شده اش از همان ابتدا تکلیفش را با مخاطب مشخص می کند. نفرت عمیق از روزنامه نگاران. اگر تاکنون عموما عادت کرده بودیم روزنامه نگاران را در قالب افراد متعهد به جامعه ببینیم، بل در رمان معر
Petra Eggs
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
La reputazione di una giovane donna viene infangata dagli articoli di un giornale scandalistico, più interessato alla tiratura che alla ricostruzione veritiera dei fatti; poco importa, ai fini delle questioni sollevate dall’autore, se Katharina Blum sia effettivamente colpevole del crimine di cui è accusata: è possibile alterare i fatti in nome della libertà di stampa? Si, rispondono alcuni perché l’uso arbitrario che se ne può fare è bilanciato dalla possibilità di accusare di diffamazione chi ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ ιδιαίτερη η γραφή του Μπελ......γρήγορη, τηλεγραφική θα έλεγα, παραθέτει τα στοιχεία της υπόθεσης όπως θα έκανε ένας δικηγόρος χωρίς να ωραιοποιεί τις καταστάσεις. Θα σταθώ σε δύο θέματα τα οποία κάνουν αυτό το βιβλίο διαχρονικό και πάντοτε επίκαιρο. Πρώτον ασχολείται με τον κιτρινισμό του Τύπου και το πως μπορούν οι δημοσιογράφοι να "ξεσκίσουν" την τιμή ενός ανθρώπου προς τέρψην των αναγνωστών τους. Δεύτερον αναφέρεται στις κρυφές επαφές και "συναλλαγές" κράτους και Τύπου με αμοιβαία οφέλη ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Αν το διαβάσεις, δε θα ξαναδιαβάσεις ποτέ εφημερίδα ή θα ξαναδείς ειδήσεις με τον ίδιο τρόπο.
Aug 09, 2013 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
Parthiban Sekar

Her life was not exposed to outside world till now, except to the intrusions of a certain gentleman-visitor; but, interrogated and shammed, it became the indispensable headline of NEWS! Camera flashes broke into frenzy before her main-door creaked. Blank-calls started invading her empty nights. Slander didn’t leave her family and her friends alone either. Looking for an escape from these press-matters, she thrusted herself into the limelight that sensationalised her, to bring it to a closure.

مروان البلوشي
تم تسمية الكاتب الألماني هاينريش بول : "ضمير الأمة الألمانية"، وذلك لأنه أراد التعبير عن العدمية الأخلاقية التي هبطت على موطنه ألمانيا من بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية، وهذا ما قاد كاتبنا لكتابة عدد من الروايات الناجحة شعبيا ونقديا والتي مهدت له الحصول على نوبل للآداب عام ١٩٧٢..في هذه الرواية ينجح هاينريش بول في التوفيق بين مدارس الكتابة الرمزية والتحليل النفسي والنثر السريع المقتصد..لنذهب معه في رحلة متوترة إلى قدس أقداس شعور شعب بكامله.. بالخوف من نفسه والخوف من ماضيه...
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η παραπληροφόρηση του Τύπου και πως οδηγεί στη βία. Ευχάριστο βιβλίο που διαβάζετε απνευστί.
Aug 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
در کشور ما که آزادی مطبوعات حداقل ممکنه و یکی از آرمان هامون همین بهتر شدن وضع مطبوعاته کم تر پیش میاد که کسی دیدی شبیه به دید نویسنده نسبت به آزادی بی قید و شرط فعالیت مطبوعات داشته باشه.
واقعا این همه مطبوعات عمیق میتونن زندگی انسان ها رو ،دیدشون و جایگاه اجتماعیشون رو تغییر بدن.
مراقب قضاوت هامون بعد از خوندن خبرها باشیم.
Gary Guinn
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heinrich Boll was drafted into the German army in World War II. He was wounded four times and ended up in an American prisoner-of-war camp. After the war, he became a prolific writer, and The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum is one of his better-known novels. He eventually won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

This is a novel that turns all our expectations on their heads. At the outset, the epigraph for the novel turns the usual disclaimer about people, places, and things into an attack on Bild-Zeitun
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
محتواى كتاب انقدر خوب بود كه ترجمه ى بد هم نتونسته بود اون رو تحت الشعاع قرار بده. اعتراف ميكنم كه تحت تأثير تمام تعريفهايى كه از كتاب شنيدم هميشه فكر ميكردم بايد بعد از خوندن اون رو كتاب عالى اى بدونم. شايد بى تاثير نبوده اما در هر حال، اين اتفاقى هست كه همه روزه و همه جا توسط مطبوعات ديده ميشه. كتاب، رمان گونه نيست و بنابراين خواننده اى كه اون رو دست ميگيره نبايد با تصور يك نوول جلو بره. سعى شده كتاب حالت گزارشى و مستند به يك ماجراى نيمه واقعى داشته باشه و خيلى خوب از پسش براومده. در مورد ترجم ...more
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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
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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. 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 characterization h ...more
“One would like to know, for most people, being denied reliable telepathic communication, reach for the phone, which they feel is more reliable.” 9 likes
“... she said she would not sign any deposition containing the word "amorous" instead of "advances". For her the difference was of crucial significance, and one of the reasons she had separated from her husband was that he had never been amorous but had consistently made advances.” 7 likes
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