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Publisher Comments:

The Tin Drum, one of the great novels of the twentieth century, was published in Ralph Manheims outstanding translation in 1959. It became a runaway bestseller and catapulted its young author to the forefront of world literature.

This fiftieth anniversary edition, translated by Breon

Mitchell, is more faithful to Grasss style and rhythm, restores omissions, and reflects more fully the complexity of the original work.

 
After fifty years, The Tin Drum has, if anything, gained in power and relevance. All of Grasss amazing evocations are still there, and still amazing: Oskar Matzerath, the indomitable drummer; his grandmother, Anna Koljaiczek; his mother, Agnes; Alfred Matzerath and Jan Bronski, his presumptive fathers. And Oskars midget friends—Bebra, the great circus master, and Roswitha Raguna, the famous somnambulist; Sister Scholastica and Sister Agatha, the Right Reverend Father Wiehnke, the Greffs, the Schefflers, Herr Fajngold, all Kashubians, Poles, Germans, and Jews—waiting to be discovered and rediscovered.

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.

About the Author

G�NTER 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.

 

Breon Mitchell is Professor of Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature at Indiana University, where he is also Director of the Lilly Library. A Rhodes Scholar, he received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Oxford University. His areas of specialization include literary translation, Anglo-German literary relations, literature and the visual arts, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, and Samuel Beckett.

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

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9780547339108
Author:
Grass, Gunter
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Mariner Books
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Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100431
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Grade Level:
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English
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1.03 lb
Age Level:
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