summary â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Heinrich BöllAuse of a bank robbery 1985 1357 1363 The voice of this novel was something new to me it is written in the form of a report apparently reserved and nbiased 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 704 PM she rings The Front Door Bell front door bell the home of Walter Moeding Crime Commissioner who is at that moment engaged for professional rather than private reasons in disguising himself as a sheikh and she declares to the startled Moeding that at about 1215 noon that day she shot and killed Werner T tges reporter in her apartment and would the Commissioner kindly give instructions for her front door to be broken down and the reporter to be removed for her part she has spent the hours between 1215 noon and 700 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 B ll NEW WORLD ODOR IPWPA – POCKET COMPANION 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 sober intent there are many ironic little asides comments both on thisndertaking of transcribing events into printed words which is what is actually being exposed as fraudulant and highly Caressed by Ice uestionable whenndertaken by the print media and on the events and people involved themselves Katharina herself is also a remarkable creation she is loyal and truthful and virtuous and the act of murder seems to liberate her She looks forward to living a life much closer in essence to that of her lover now that both are in prison She looks forward to their coming out of prison also roughly at the same time when they will both still be young enough to start over The person who seems to be destroyed by events is the lawyer who was Katharina s employer and who also Die Welt von Gestern Erinnerungen eines Europäers undertook her defence The newspaper that is pilloried here still distorts and misconstrues and misrepresents I wonder if the readership is a little less guileless now 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 alreadynder surveillance by law enforcement Once the tabloids get their dirty little operations going they start an intrusive and nasty smear campaign of hate where she is portrayed by a leading newspaper as a whore communist and atheist while a reporter may or may not have been partly responsible for the death of Katherina s mother after trying to get
an interview from the hospital she was stayinginterview from the hospital she was staying though would go on to have the last laugh with chilling results Heinrich B ll writes with icy and nemotional conviction that not wholly makes you feel any sympathy as fact and fiction blur and the twisting of events can seem deceitful Using a step by step police interrogation style that both
"works but also creates a problem as it s not always easy to follow the "but also creates a problem as it s not always easy to follow the presented to the reader Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1972 what B ll has done well here also is creating a paranoid and edgy Germany at a time of political nrest and terrorism that takes any investigation as a wider spectrum of trouble Mama I m in Love with the criminal Britney Spear Katherina BlumIt 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 Das Parfum Die Geschichte eines Mörders us scapegoats The only time it is a problem fors is when it is. E an atheist a Communist sympathizer she becomes the target of anonymous phone calls and letters sexual advances and threats Out of an anger so remorseless and a violation of integrity so profound that it overcomes even her will to survive she shoots the offending journalist and then turns herself into the chief crimial Irresponsible journalism turns a maid into a murderer Shock Horror It would have been much better written by a source from the National Enuirer 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 Theslightly disturbing story The honor of Katharina BlumThe lost honor of Katharina Blum is a great book Heinrich B ll 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 flow of the writing but it never felt doing so The writing was amazing truly raw and honest and ocassionally funny but still discreet and elegant There is also a movie i am going to watch it for sure 55 3 Introduction by Kurt AndersenTranslator s Acknowledgment The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum The day I write this review coincides with two events Five years ago on 332009 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 GermanySo why am I telling you thisFirst of all Heinrich B ll was born in Cologne and lived there or nearby his whole life After his death the descendants decided to transfer almost his entire literary remains to the Historical Archive in Cologne the manuscripts letters sources etc Most likely all of these are now lost Whether or not the manuscript of this novel has been destroyed I cannot say It has been a great loss in any case Secondly I don t think Mr B ll cared for the carnival business at all But the story of the book takes place in a few days just before Rosenmontag So you could say I read the book at the time the story Chiekoshō unfolds only 40 years laterThe blurb of this book is very accurate and aptly put so I don t want to add anything here The prose is detached and there s no real narrator It reads like a journal of some kind It s strange but interesting strange Part of it contains some or less hidden black humor while other parts seem like they have been written in great anger with a fist in his pocket so to speak The relationship between the tabloid press especially the newspaper called BILD and the Springer publishing firm to which this paper belongs and the author wasn t a very good one to put it mildly After thesual disclaimer about fictitious events and characters we find the following revealing statementShould in the description of certain journalistic practices similarities with the practices of the BILD Zeitung be revealed these similarities are not intended or accidental but inevitableI don t want to go into detail here Suffice to say that Springer refused to publish bestseller lists in his magazines for as long as KATARINA BLUM was on them Childish behavior You bet but in the years that started in 1968 with the APO extra parliamentary opposition and culminated in the so called German Autumn in 1977 the nerves on both sides were pretty rawSo I guess this is a rather political book And it is or better was back then largely misunderstood People actually believed it contains calls for violence Nothing could be further from the truth and the subtitle to this book How violence develops and where can it lead may give a small hint to this This work is licensed To Kill a Mockingbird under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License 338 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Heinrich B llThe 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 bec. A bright sensitive young woman Katharina Blum falls in love with a young radical lawbreaker in flight from the police Her brief association with a hunted man brings hernder police surveillance and makes her the exploited subject of cheap newspaper sensationalism Portrayed on the front pages of a big city daily as a whor. Our own life being reduced to pieces Kind of like in Shirley Jackson s The LotteryKatherina Blum probably
Didn T Even Enjoy Thist even enjoy this goating by media She was the most puritan pious soul you can imagine outside a nun s dress Until she fell in love with a criminal and go all Bella Swan for him after a single dance And irresponsible journalism did the rest I think the dull narrative the narrator is actually apologetic for the mention of blood suits the book given that B ll is writing against sensationalism 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 The Thirty Year Old Man Who Fell Out the Window and Died A Lisa Becker Short Mystery ultra conservative bigoted patrons agendaI first read Katharina Blum s story in school and my memory of it was vague concerned mostly with theestion whether or not it was nderstandable that she fell in love with a criminal helped him escape and then committed a murder after being the victim of atrociously ntruthful and sensationalist press coverage in a news outlet Soul of Sin uite similar to Daily Mail or Fox News Rereading the short novel today labelled a pamphlet by the author himself I have a different nuanced impression What I conceived as a cold detached narrative now seems a perfectly valid method to show what an objective report of a string of incidents might look like avoiding expletives sexual voyeurism random interpretation misuoting and speculation It is a direct response stylistically speaking to the press coverage that destroyed Katharina s life just because IT COULDIt contains an open political message a warning Without justifying violence in any way it highlights the hatred which erupts out of frustration and despair when a person is exposed to public shaming It shows the danger of corrupt people in powerful positions colluding with newspapersnder their control to deliberately plant false information in the public consciousnessThe most powerful scene in the story shows Katharina paralysed by the evil lies about herself in the populist paper she is reading A kind friend collects several articles in objective fair newspapers to show her the contrast to the big front pages and photographs that torture her Katharina shrugs off those truthful articles Doesn t matter what the other papers write everybody reads this one she says displaying the paradox of human nature claiming to want information while actually asking for voyeuristic entertainment that endangers truth rather than Summerland uncovering itKatharina Blum s story is almost relevant today when objective news outlets are openly threatened by extreme populists in powerful positions around the world and whennethical power hungry politicians shout fake news whenever a journalist reports evidence that goes against their personal agenda They act like wolves dressed Kaddis a meg nem született gyermekért up as sheep pointing at the sheepish crowds and yelling Wolf at them thus deflecting attention from the true predatorsIn the end nobody knows whom to trust anything is possible and journalism is discredited and irrevocably damaged And that in turn puts both democracy and individual human rights in danger We need to learn again the difference between journalistic bullying with a biased political agenda and independent reporting of facts We need to discover again that the flashiest headlines and most compromising pictures and scandalous details are not the most valid information We need to respect the privacy of individuals and separate abuse from reportage We need to think about the long term effects of journalism without ethical rules for its own sake When female sexuality is exploited and demonised to coverp assault and abuse of
"POWER INDIVIDUAL HUMAN LIVES ARE DESTROYED "individual human lives are destroyed is the message of the story not whether or not Katharina was justified to commit murder She wasn t She never thought she was But she was driven to the point of not caring about that any Our shared human responsibility is not to deliver a platform for vile defamation not to encourage bullying and threatening behaviour and to support press coverage that remains objective fair fact based and truthful and relevant I hope they still read Katharina Blum in schools nowadays. NvestigatorThe actual story is reconstructed step by step in a narrative report which follows the drama with irony and sympathy gradually disclosing a vast panorama of human relationships The whole is a masterful comment on the law and the press the labyrinth of social truth and the inevitable collision of fact and fictio.