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The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum: Or How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lead

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Katharina Blum is pretty, bright, hard-working. After falling in love with a young radical on the run from the police, she is portrayed by the city's leading newspaper as a whore, a communist and an atheist, and becomes the target of anonymous phone calls. Her life ruined by the distortions of a corrupt press, she shoots the offending journalist. . .
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 11th 1998 by Vintage Classics (first published January 1974)
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Lisa
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
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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
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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
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·Karen·
Dec 31, 2010 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
Mb
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
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orsodimondo
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germania
DEL COME LA VIOLENZA PUÒ SVILUPPARSI E DOVE PUÒ PORTARE
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
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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
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Ema
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
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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
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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
Khatereh
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
Petra Eggs
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
MTK
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.
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...
Xanthi
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.
David
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
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Yasmin
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
Laura
From BBc Radio 4 - 15 Minute Drama:
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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Ali Heidari
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کاترینا دختری خدمتکار است که زندگی بسیار عادی و یکنواخت دارد .... در اثر حادثه ای ساده پای او به اداره پلیس باز می شود و روزنامه های زرد زندگی او را به نابودی می کشانند
موضوع داستان در مورد اثار مخرب روزنامه نگاران بی تعهد و ترور شخصیتی افراد در مطبوعات است . موضوع جالبی بود کتاب هم مثل همه اثار بول عزیز فوق العاده بود . به نظرم موضوع جالب و جدیدی بود و خیلی خوب نشون داده بود که مثلا چه جمله ای با چه تغییر کوچکی تونسته یک زندگی و یک احساس را نابود کنه . قشنگ بود فقط سبک نوشت
موضوع جالب اینه که بول
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Andrew
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
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.
Ryan
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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,
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KJ
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
338. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, Heinrich Böll
ادبیات آلمانی - آبروی از دست رفته کاترینا بلوم - هاینریش بل، ترجمه: حسن نقره چی، نشر: نیلوفر
ترجمه دیگری نیز از شریف لنکرانی، چاپ اول 1357، چاپ دوم بهمن ماه 1363، از: انتشارات خوارزمی

شیوه نگارش رئالیستی «هاینریش بل» و درونمایه ی انسانی آثارش، ایشان را پیشگام ادبیات رئالیستی آلمان کرد. زندگی دوران جنگ، دردهای روزانه مردم و تاثیر جنگ بر زندگی دستمایه ایشان در بیشتر آثار اوست. کارهای «هاینریش بل» جنبه های مختلف نیز دارد. طنزنویش است، گاه نمایشنامه
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Metin Yılmaz
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Konu güzel ve çok doğru bir konu fakat anlatımdan mı yoksa yazarın üslubundan mı bilmiyorum, akıcı olmayan bir okuma oldu. Özellikle bazı yerlerde dikte eder bir anlatım, kitabın içine girmenizi engelliyor.
Matt
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
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Jorge
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heinrich Böll (1917-1985), escritor de la Alemania de la post-guerra, galardonado con el Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1972, escribe dos años después de haber sido premiado esta pequeña obra que es una especie de informe policiaco sazonado con todos sus recursos narrativos que hacen de este relato algo muy disfrutable. La obra transcurre de manera interesante y amena, fácil de leer pero sin perder nunca la tensión dramática de los hechos narrados.

El estilo de Böll es elegante y mesurado con alg
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Philippe Malzieu
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
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rosshalde
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heinrich Böll zaten Yıkıntı Edebiyatı yazarı olarak bilindiğinden kitabı alırken az çok nasıl bir temayla karşılaşacağımın farkındaydım. 70'li yıllarda Almanya'da yaşanan olaylardan esinlenerek yazılmış bir kitap.

Katharina Blum adlı genç kadın karakterin sıradan yaşamının dahi medya-devlet işbirliği, devlet eli ile yürütülen cadı avı ile bambaşka bir hal alabileceği kısa bir roman olmasına rağmen çok net anlatılmış. Suçsuz bir kişinin dahi kontrol ve güç sahibi kişiler tarafından nasıl suçlu il
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میعاد
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
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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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