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Author: Leila Vennewitz,Heinrich Böll
Publisher: Penguin Classics (June 1, 1994)
Language: English
Pages: 272
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: World Literature
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The Clown (German: Ansichten eines Clowns, lit. "Opinions of a clown") is a 1963 novel by West German writer Heinrich Böll. Hans Schnier is the "Clown" of the novel's title

The Clown (German: Ansichten eines Clowns, lit. Hans Schnier is the "Clown" of the novel's title. He is twenty-seven years old from a very wealthy family. At the beginning of the story he arrives in Bonn, Germany. As a clown, he had to travel across the country from city to city to perform as an artist. He always sees himself an artist. His home is in Bonn, so he has to stay in hotels when he is not in Bonn

The Clown (The Essential Heinrich Boll). Heinrich Boll (d. 1985) was one of the three greatest German novelists (along with Gunter Grass and . Sebald) of the latter half of the 20th Century. Book is greatly written.

The Clown (The Essential Heinrich Boll). This novella was initially published in serialized form in "Der Spiegel" in 1974. Boll wrote it midst public controversy in Germany over the reporting of political violence by a large-circulation newspaper, which Boll felt unduly transgressed the rights of individuals in a liberal democracy.

by Heinrich Boll (Author), Leila Vennewitz (Translator). The Clown (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin).

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Acclaimed entertainer Hans Schneir collapses when his beloved Marie leaves him because he won’t marry her within the Catholic Church. The desertion triggers a searing re-examination of his lifeâ?”the loss of his sister during the war, the demands of his millionaire father and the hypocrisies of his mother, who first fought to “save” Germany from the Jews, then worked for “reconciliation” afterwards. Heinrich Böll’s gripping consideration of how to overcome guilt and live up to idealismâ?”how to find something to believe inâ?”gives stirring evidence of why he was such an unwelcome presence in post-War German consciousness . . . and why he was such a necessary one.
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Upon returning to his apartment in Bonn, Hans Schnier, a clown and “collector of moments” who limps from a self-inflicted injury, reviews his life, or more accurately, episodes in his life, over the course of several hours during a single day in the early 1960s. With sometimes wicked and biting humor and often with poignancy, Schnier critiques post-World War II West Germany and its residents as hypocritical, ensconced in a burst of prosperity while not honestly coming to grips with the Nazi past and the deformations and injuries it caused; he sees German Catholicism of that time as rigid, intellectual, legalistic, a bit snooty, and out of touch with human needs and the human condition, particularly his needs and condition. In its approach, The Clown strikes me as a cross between or a melding of Walker Percy’s novels The Moviegoer and Lancelot: A Novel.

The Clown is written in the first person. We see others only through the eyes or mind of the clown, Schnier; and for the most part others are seen only through his memory of the past. Indeed, Maria, his lover who has left him for a Catholic, and the one upon whom he relies and for whom he pines to make himself complete, appears only in memory. And the reader can never be certain that his descriptions of them (or of himself) are accurate. Schnier concedes his memory plays tricks, that he sometimes cannot separate reality from fiction, and that he has problems. (These, of course, are the same problems he sees in post-War Germany as it addresses the Nazi past in the midst of its affluence.)

The self-centered Schnier wrestles with the existential question Who am I?, and the novel invites Germany and the Catholic Church in Germany to do the same. Is life but a series of moments or is there a coherent narrative? Are prosperity and legalism an answer, or is the person more important? Is there something deeper than money, affluence, reputation, power, status, and appearance? Are we all prostitutes selling ourselves for something ephemeral? Why are we here? Indeed, using Catholic terminology, the novel can be read as the clown’s extended examination of conscience and an invitation to Germans and Catholics to examine theirs.

The ending of The Clown alludes to the specific day on which the story occurs, which, for me, helps put the novel and its message in context. In describing the book, the back cover of the paperback edition I read (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) says “Schneir’s (sic) own comfort remains elusive.” Perhaps so, but I read the final pages of the novel to say that, having looked deeply at himself, Schnier, the clown, has seen and come to grips with who he is, and, no longer limping, he is reborn in peace not affluence. The same cannot be said of Germany and the Catholic Church.
This used to be my favorite book in college. Now that I’m 60 I revisited it and it seems I must have been damn depressed in college.
I read this book years ago (on a plane ride) and it has stayed with me as few other books have. It cuts to the heart of something that is wrong with our culture, maybe with all of our civilization; specifically, I mean the habitual hypocrisy and the over-riding need to self-rationalize. Of course, this theme has been treated before, but I have never seen it done with the simplicity and eloquence with which it is done here.

The story is perfect somehow: a woman leaves her husband, a decent man (the narrator), for someone who is more powerful within the Catholic Church, the same Church that ostensibly preaches "blessed are those who are meek for they shall inherit the earth." By focusing on these smaller acts of injustice and hypocrisy (rather than on the overwhelming horrors of Nazi Germany), Boll brings what happened in Germany into a focus that I had never seen before.

When I hear George Bush talk about "spreading freedom" while suppressing democracy at home or condemn "evil doers" while condoning torture, I think of this book. It captures the emptiness at the heart of the mealy-mouthed pieties that afflict our civilization with a economy and grace that is unique.
Rich Vulture
(I'll qualify that this is more of a recommendation than a review.)

Stumbled upon Heinrich Boll while reviewing past winners/laureates of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Curious that I had not heard of him...

Where to start with such a novel? Boll captures much in this short book.

While this novel is certainly a social critique; it is less an ATTACK on society (religion, capitalism, etc) and more of a resigned discussion of society's absurdity.

Just read it.
I like this book much better than Billiards at Half Past Nine. It was much easier to read, with a clear time scale, and there were more touches of humor. I can't say, however, that I developed much sympathy for "the clown," who is quite unrealistic in his actions and felings.
Bought this to give to my sister, and another copy for myself. Read it in Italian and loved it, haven't had time yet to read it in English. Am hoping the translation is good.
This is a difficult read, mostly because the narrator through whom the entire book is divulged is not a sympathetic character. Glowing reviews, including one appended to the copy I had do not seem justified. My only conclusion is that several decades ago this kind of satire was in vogue. There are references to duplicity on the part of several characters, who initially embrace the Third Reich, and then 20 years on, are critical of it, but it does not carry the story, or justify the narrator's idiosyncratic behavior or self absorption.
The book was in ok shape but very old looking. But then again, it was priced appropriately. Arrived very quickly.