Heinrich Böll: Ansichten eines Clowns [The Clown]

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  • Hannelore G. Mundt (University of Wyoming)

“Essentially, it is the story of Theseus and Ariadne: Theseus in the labyrinth, Ariadne cuts off the thread and there he sits. And the labyrinth […] is the political German Catholicism” [Böll, Victor and Renate Matthaei (eds.), Querschnitte: Aus Interview, Aufsätzen und Reden von Heinrich Böll (Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1977), pp. 116-17. My translation]. With these words Böll circumscribes the basic plot of Ansichten eines Clowns [The Clown, 1963], the author's first fictional work to become a bestseller. Böll re-casts this Greek myth to provide the framework for a multidimensional narrative. Ansichten eines Clowns is a love story, …

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Mundt, Hannelore G.. "Ansichten eines Clowns". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 January 2009
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