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Publisher Comments:

“Once upon a time there was a father who, because he had grown old, called together his sons and daughters—four, five, six, eight in number—and finally convinced them, after long hesitation, to do as he wished. Now they are sitting around a table and begin to talk . . .”

In an audacious literary experiment, Günter Grass writes in the voices of his eight children as they record memories of their childhoods, of growing up, of their father, who was always at work on a new book, always at the margins of their lives. Memories contradictory, critical, loving, accusatory—they piece together an intimate picture of this most public of men. To say nothing of Marie, Grasss assistant, a family friend of many years, perhaps even a lover, whose snapshots taken with an old-fashioned Agfa box camera provide the author with ideas for his work. But her images offer much more. They reveal a truth beyond the ordinary detail of life, depict the future, tell what might have been, grant the wishes in visual form of those photographed. The children speculate on the nature of this magic: was the enchanted camera a source of inspiration for their father? Did it represent the power of art itself? Was it the eye of God?

Recalling J. M. Coetzees Summertime and Umberto Ecos The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, The Box is an inspired and daring work of fiction. In its candor, wit, and earthiness, it is Grass at his best.

Synopsis:

Memories from Grass's children

Synopsis:

One of the greatest modern novels, THE TIN DRUM is the story of thirty-year-old Oskar Matzerath, who has lived through the long Nazi nightmare and who, as the novel begins, is being held in a mental institution. Matzerath provides a profound yet hilarious perspective on both German history and the human condition in the modern world.

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Günter Grass has been wrestling with Germany's past for decades now, but no book since The Tin Drum has generated as much excitement as this engrossing account of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. A German cruise ship turned refugee carrier, it was attacked by a Soviet submarine in January 1945. Some 9,000 people went down in the Baltic Sea, making it the deadliest maritime disaster of all time.

Born to an unwed mother on a lifeboat the night of the attack, Paul Pokriefke is a middle-aged journalist trying to piece together the tragic events. While his mother sees her whole existence in terms of that calamitous moment, Paul wishes their life could have been less touched by the past. For his teenage son, who dabbles in the dark, far-right corners of the Internet, the Gustloff embodies the denial of Germany's wartime suffering.

"Scuttling backward to move forward," Crabwalk is at once a captivating tale of a tragedy at sea and a fearless examination of the ways different generations of Germans now view their past.

Winner of the Nobel Prize

Synopsis:

Günter Grass tells us a story for every year of our century. He writes of great events and seemingly trivial occurrences, of technical developments and scientific discoveries, of achievements in culture and sports, of megalomania, of persecution and murder, of war and disasters, and of new beginnings. Although each story has a different narrator, collectively the stories form a complete and linear narrative in which the individual is the focus. As the sequence unfolds, a lively and rich picture emerges, an historical portrait of this millennium in all its grandeur and in all its horror. One hundred stories come full circle to create a novel of our century.

About the Author

GÜNTER GRASS was born in Danzig, Germany, in 1927. He is the widely acclaimed author of numerous books, including The Tin Drum, My Century, Crabwalk, and Peeling the Onion. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.

 

Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction vii

BOOK ONE

The Wide Skirt 3

Under the Raft 13

Moth and Light Bulb 26

The Photo Album 38

Glass, Glass, Little Glass 50

The Schedule 61

Rasputin and the ABCs 72

Long-Distance Song Effects from the Stockturm 84

The Grandstand 96

Shop Windows 111

No Miracle 121

Good Friday Fare 133

Tapering toward the Foot 146

Herbert Truczinskis Back 155

Niobe 168

Faith Hope Love 181

BOOK TWO

Scrap Metal 193

The Polish Post Office 205

House of Cards 219

He Lies in Saspe 229

Maria 241

Fizz Powder 253

Special Communiqués 264

Carrying My Helplessness to Frau Greff 274

Seventy-five Kilos 287

Bebras Theater at the Front 299

Inspecting Concrete?—?or Mystical Barbaric Bored 310

The Imitation of Christ 327

The Dusters 341

The Christmas Play 352

The Ant Trail 364

Should I or Shouldnt I 377

Disinfectant 389

Growth in a Boxcar 400

BOOK THREE

Flintstones and Gravestones 413

Fortuna North 428

Madonna 49 440

The Hedgehog 453

In the Wardrobe 466

Klepp 476

On the Coco Rug 487

The Onion Cellar 497

On the Atlantic Wall or Bunkers Cant Cast Off Concrete 512

The Ring Finger 527

The Last Tram or Adoration of a Canning Jar 538

Thirty 553

 
Translators Afterword 565

Glossary 578

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547577647
Author:
Grass, Gunter
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Translator:
WINSTON, KRISHNA
Author:
Grass, G
Author:
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Author:
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Author:
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Author:
WINSTON, KRISHNA
Author:
Heim, Michael Henry
Author:
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Author:
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Author:
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Author:
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Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-Family Life
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in
Age Level:
from 14

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Memories from Grass's children
"Synopsis" by ,
One of the greatest modern novels, THE TIN DRUM is the story of thirty-year-old Oskar Matzerath, who has lived through the long Nazi nightmare and who, as the novel begins, is being held in a mental institution. Matzerath provides a profound yet hilarious perspective on both German history and the human condition in the modern world.
"Synopsis" by ,
Günter Grass has been wrestling with Germany's past for decades now, but no book since The Tin Drum has generated as much excitement as this engrossing account of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. A German cruise ship turned refugee carrier, it was attacked by a Soviet submarine in January 1945. Some 9,000 people went down in the Baltic Sea, making it the deadliest maritime disaster of all time.

Born to an unwed mother on a lifeboat the night of the attack, Paul Pokriefke is a middle-aged journalist trying to piece together the tragic events. While his mother sees her whole existence in terms of that calamitous moment, Paul wishes their life could have been less touched by the past. For his teenage son, who dabbles in the dark, far-right corners of the Internet, the Gustloff embodies the denial of Germany's wartime suffering.

"Scuttling backward to move forward," Crabwalk is at once a captivating tale of a tragedy at sea and a fearless examination of the ways different generations of Germans now view their past.

Winner of the Nobel Prize

"Synopsis" by ,
Günter Grass tells us a story for every year of our century. He writes of great events and seemingly trivial occurrences, of technical developments and scientific discoveries, of achievements in culture and sports, of megalomania, of persecution and murder, of war and disasters, and of new beginnings. Although each story has a different narrator, collectively the stories form a complete and linear narrative in which the individual is the focus. As the sequence unfolds, a lively and rich picture emerges, an historical portrait of this millennium in all its grandeur and in all its horror. One hundred stories come full circle to create a novel of our century.

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