The Clown by Heinrich Boll
9780070064201 Acclaimed entertainer Hans Schneir collapses when his beloved Marie leaves him because he wonâ€™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 â€œsaveâ€ Germany from the Jews, then worked for â€œreconciliationâ€ afterwards. Heinrich BÃ¶llâ€™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.