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Reading in a foreign language is difficult for a number of reasons. When reading novels in English, my cultural background usually gives me some kind of insight into the topic and setting, and I often have a good idea of the writer and their background. Despite all this, I enjoyed the book greatly. The clown of the title, Hans Schnier, has been abandoned by his long-term partner after their marriage discussions broke down because of her Catholic insistence on promises regarding the education of their future children.

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Reading in a foreign language is difficult for a number of reasons. When reading novels in English, my cultural background usually gives me some kind of insight into the topic and setting, and I often have a good idea of the writer and their background. Despite all this, I enjoyed the book greatly. The clown of the title, Hans Schnier, has been abandoned by his long-term partner after their marriage discussions broke down because of her Catholic insistence on promises regarding the education of their future children.

From then on, he descends into an alcohol-fuelled decline, and one night the length of the book , after returning to Bonn from his latest disastrous performance, he phones family and friends, ostensibly to ask for money, but really to clear the air with people who he mostly dislikes. It is also fiercely against the hypocrisy of those who went with the flow during the Second World War and claimed to be reformed democrats after it. Like the Nazi writer who was briefly censored and then used this to his credit after the end of the war, many of the successful characters in the book have used their positions to their advantage while the honest, generous clown ends up broke and broken begging in front of Bonn station, waiting for his former partner to return from her honeymoon with her new husband.

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6 – ‘Ansichten eines Clowns’ by Heinrich Böll

Set in West Germany during the period of recovery following World War II , the novel examines the hypocrisy of contemporary German society in repressing memory of the historical past in order to concentrate on material reconstruction. In the book the figure of a clown the narrator, Hans Schnier represents the social conscience of the society. The Clown. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback.

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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.

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