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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll
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Dec 27, 2007

really liked it
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Read in August, 2008

This was a quick read, and it was actually quite interesting. Heinrich Böll wrote the book originally in German in 1974 when tabloid obsession with the Red Army Faction was in full swing in Germany. His novel is a character study of an innocent woman as she is investigated for a crime and subsequently ruined through tabloid media. I kept trying to think of the book as it may have been read in the 1970s when it was more controversial and shocking. For the contemporary reader, however, it is better to look at the writing style. Böll won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1972 and was one of the most prolific writers of the post-World War II era. It is unique and worth the read, though you can't read it as a modern novel since the subject matter is less pertinent and tabloid journalism is no longer surprising. If you want to read a classic, and a quick one, this is the book.
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