The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum
FROM THE WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
Katharina Blum is pretty, bright, hard-working and at the centre of a big city scandal when she falls in love with a young radical on the run from the police. Portrayed by the city’s leading newspaper as a whore, a communist and an atheist, she becomes the target of anonymous phone calls and sexual threats. Blum’s life is systematically undone by the distortions of a corrupt press, concerned only with presenting the most salacious story. This is a chilling and unforgettable novel from a Nobel Prize-winning writer.
A marvel of compression and irony * Sunday Telegraph * Such is the force of Boll's conviction, the clarity of his vision and the icy economy of his unemotive prose that within this short space he has distilled a spirit that burns into the palate the unmistakeable and lasting tang of truth * Sunday Times * Boll sustains a masterly and insidious tension to the end. He is detached, angry and totally in control * The Times *
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