- Capa comum: 103 páginas
- Editora: Penguin Books; Edição: 1 (1 de setembro de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 014310540X
- ISBN-13: 978-0143105404
- Dimensões do produto: 13 x 0,8 x 19,6 cm
- Peso de envio: 118 g
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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: Or: How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lead (Inglês) Capa Comum – 31 ago 2009
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But, for me, this book was reminiscent of The Stranger by Albert Camus. In the case of Katharina Blum, we have a character who is extremely normal on the surface - hardworking, law abiding, self-supporting. But her main feature is her self-integrity and her obedience to her own rules of life, as in the assistance she provides to a person sought by the police. After all, she has hitherto been highly successful in marching to her own drummer. Thus, she seems to me to be a "unique" hidden behind the veils of seeming conformity. Indeed, even her conformity is her conscious choice. In the last analysis, she is self-regulated and not societally regulated.
This is apparent in her interviews with the police in which she chooses to alienate herself rather than to continue to conform as a good citizen. It is certainly true in respect to the "free press" which takes the form of sensationalistic tabloid in this book. The intrusion of society into her integrity, whether in the form of authority or in the form of a "treasured value" (i.e., the press), leads Katharina Blum to do something that is universally recognized as anti-societal and then to return to the rules of society. I wonder what might be her future beyond the ending of this book.
This is really worth reading.
Katharina Blum is an attractive young woman with a strong sense of honor trying to make a living, independently, in the restaurant/catering field and taking care of the homes of affluent professionals. She is the epitome of the capitalistic ethic, a young woman from a working-class background attempting to secure for herself a comfortable petty bourgeois existence. By happenstance, she ends up entertaining, as a romantic interest, a fugitive who, unbeknownst to her, is suspected (wrongly) of terroristic activities. She is ensnared in the investigation, and then spotlighted and hounded by the large-circulation newspaper (the "News"). The newspaper cloaks itself in the familiar homilies of a free press, but in actuality it wallows in the gutter of yellow journalism, and by the end of the novella it has sullied Katharina Blum, indirectly killed her aged and ill mother, damaged the lives of several unassuming friends of hers, and precipitated other unforeseen violence.
In addition to its critique of sensationalistic, irresponsible journalism, THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM also attacks the media's intrusion on individual privacy. Other themes or issues are wire-tapping, sexual harassment of attractive and socially vulnerable young women, the undue influence of the wealthy and connected, the hair-trigger readiness to accuse or tar someone as a communist, and Germany's repression of anything relating to Nazism.
Boll writes the novella as an after-the-fact account or report (although it is not presented in chronological order). The style is rather dry and almost dead-pan at times, and Boll takes pains to carefully parse words and meanings and to be meticulous in word choice, in marked contrast to the reporting of the "News." The account is compelling; despite some stylistic quirks, the book quickly draws in the reader and is difficult to drop until finished. THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM is not great literature, but it is literature with a social conscience, it transcends the particular circumstances that prompted its initial publication, and its heroine is an especially memorable one.