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The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum

Review by Steve Savage

This short novel was written by Heinrich Böll in the early 1970s, at a time when the West German authorities were confronted by the Baader-Meinhof gang, whose leaders had been arrested in 1972.

The book starts with an item of information, that one Katharina Blum has telephoned a Crime Commissioner to tell him that she has shot and killed a newspaper reporter. The narrator then investigates, in an apparently aimless and hesitant fashion, the events leading up to this dramatic turn of events. (more…)

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October 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll was born in Cologne in 1917. Conscripted into the German army during the Second World War, he became a writer after the war, and was attacked by rightwingers for the views expressed in his writings. Later in his life, he left the Catholic church. Böll was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1972. His books include The Train Was on Time, Billiards at Half-past Nine, The Clown, Group Portrait with Lady and The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum. Böll died in 1985.

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