The Clown by Heinrich Böll

Set in post-World War II Germany, the novel follows the life of a professional clown who is in a personal crisis after being left by his long-term girlfriend. The protagonist, who is unable to find work due to his political views, spends a day reflecting on his life, his broken relationship, and the harsh realities of the society around him. The narrative offers a stark critique of Catholicism and the economic miracle in post-war Germany.

The 2084th greatest book of all time


Published
1963
Nationality
German
Type
Fiction
Pages
250-300
Words
Unknown
Original Language
German

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