The Clown

The Clown

Heinrich Böll

Acclaimed entertainer Hans Schneir collapses whilst his cherished Marie leaves him simply because he won't marry her in the Catholic Church. The desertion triggers a searing re-assessment of his life--the lack of his sister throughout the struggle, the calls for of his millionaire father and the hypocrisies of his mom, who first fought to "save" Germany from the Jews, then labored for "reconciliation"

Heinrich Böll's gripping attention of the way to beat guilt and stay as much as idealism--how to discover anything to think in--gives stirring proof of why he was once such an unwelcome presence in post-War German consciousness... and why he used to be one of these useful one.

Translated via Leila Vennewitz

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