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The Clown (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)

3 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Heinrich Böll

These mark the fifth and sixth Boll titles reprinted this year-impressive. First published in 1965, The Clown is typical Boll and is ripe with guilt and fear in its Nazi and post-Nazi Germany setting. Vennewitz's translation was dubbed "admirably smooth" … see full wiki

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Author: Heinrich Böll
Publisher: Penguin Classics
3 reviews about The Clown (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
review by . May 09, 2013
Dark, world-weary, edgy buffoonery at its best, a classic.
A grim post-war novel abounding in fatalism, doubt, sarcasm, loss and survival, Heinrich Boll's exploration is a true literary masterpiece that could make one almost wince in its no-holds-bar truth offering. The life of Hans Schneir, a down-on-his-luck, melancholy, incisive clown could represent any human life after surviving and living the day-to-day economic and emotional traumas hatched by war and the idiocy of policy that brings it about. What is normalcy after war? In most cases it is …
review by . May 07, 2009
I made that word up, in the honorable German tradition of patching words together as if they thus existed as a single entity, a 'Ding an sich.' The three component words are: War Hypocrisy Accusation. If I've understood this furious book correctly, that's what it amounts to. I read it in German - Ansichten eines Clowns - in a yellowed old paperback that's been waiting for my attention for at least twenty years, but Böll's writing style is blunt and I'm sure it would be just as blunt in an English …
review by . March 17, 2006
A grim post-war novel abounding in fatalism, doubt, sarcasm, loss and survival, Heinrich Boll's exploration is a true literary masterpiece that could make one almost wince in its no-holds-bar truth offering. The life of Hans Schneir, a down-on-his-luck, melancholy, incisive clown could represent any human life after surviving and living the day-to-day economic and emotional traumas hatched by war and the idiocy of policy that brings it about. What is normalcy after war? In most cases it is the love …
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