Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (1974)


Written in 1974 by Heinrich Böll, this “bestselling” novel deals with the sensationalism of the tabloids and the terrorism of groups like the Red Army Faction, centered on a young housekeeper whose life is shattererd by mishappenings and misunderstandings

Katharina Blum, housekeeper, has a normal life and falls in love with a person (named Ludwig Götten) and goes to bed with him. Soon, though, it’s known that Ludwig is wanted by the police for a serious reason (at first, it was thought it was because of a bank robbery): he’s in fact a deserter of the Army who stole the money from his camp before deserting

From then on, Katharina, who had helped the deserter escape, is arrested and interrogated by the police and also is now on the public eye, thanks to several newspapers who make a sensationalism and fabrication out of it, especially Die Zeitung, whose most referenced journalist is Tötges

The ending is quite ambigous as Katharina kills the journalist with a revolver after knowing his suggestion of having a sexual intercourse and having surrended herself to the police, confessing the crime she commited – thus completely losing her pride, as the title clearly says

When I read the book some years ago in a summer dawn, I was quite intrigued and puzzled by it: the facts were brilliantly detailed that I became quite interested further in the book and in the end, I really thought it was a masterpiece. The perspective style of it becomes the centerpiece of the novel by auto-researching/critizicing itself into the eyes of an innocent woman trying, in vain, to restore her pride in a world where there’s, at times, fabricated journalism and tabloids – by the end of it, we’d feel nothing more but sorry for Katharina (well, I felt sorry for her) and for what has happened with her life

A year later, a 1975 adaptation of the movie was made, directed by Volker Schlöndorff (who’d make a unforgettable movie in 1979 called “Die Blechtrommel” (“The tin drum”), also adaptated from a novel of the same name. The movie adaptation would win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film award) and Margarethe von Trotta and starring Angela Winkler in the leading role. Other actors in the movie were Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser and Jürgen Prochnow

Here’s the trailer of the famous 1975 movie adaptation, as the final touch:

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


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