By Heinrich Boll
Comprises the whole German textual content, observed by means of German-English vocabulary. Notes and an in depth advent in English positioned the paintings in its social and ancient context.
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In one complex, almost cinematic moment, a whole set of shifting, differing relationships is brought together. The observation is remarkably close and creates a real sense of the detail of experience. But this is not to say that the book is full of undifferentiated irrelevant detail. Everything is important, even at one point Marie’s tube of toothpaste—‘sogar die kleine Bewegung, mit der sie den Deckel auf die Zahnpastatube schraubte’ (p. 79)— for through it we see Hans’s response to her naturalness and unselfconsciousness.
Though in some circles considered an anti-Catholic and anti-Christian novel in the early 1960s it is unlikely that it need be viewed in the same light today. Böll was in the end only reflecting in his novel things that were happening within the Church itself in that period. ’ (p. 283) It is not only religious issues, but aspects of contemporary social living that are questioned in Ansichten eines Clowns, where Böll paints a picture of a society that, despite the defeat of the Nazis, is not without menace, threat or injustice.
Seit dem Tod meiner Schwester Henriette existieren meine Eltern für mich nicht mehr als solche. Henriette ist schon siebzehn Jahre tot. Sie war sechzehn, als der Krieg zu Ende ging, ein schönes Mädchen, blond, die beste Tennisspielerin zwischen Bonn und Remagen. * Es ging alles so rasch und reibungslos, daß ichs gar nicht begriff. Ich kam aus der Schule, überquerte die Kölner Straße und sah Henriette in der Straßenbahn sitzen, die gerade in Richtung Bonn abfuhr. Sie winkte mir zu und lachte, und ich lachte auch.
Ansichten eines Clowns (Methuen's Twentieth Century German Texts with english commentary) by Heinrich Boll