The Tin Drum (Vintage War)
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The Tin Drum (Vintage War)

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The publication of The Tin Drum in 1959 launched Gunter Grass as an author of international repute. Bitter and impassioned, it delivers a scathing dissection of the years from 1925 to 1955 through the eyes of Oskar Matzerath, the dwarf whose manic beating on the toy of his retarded childhood fantastically counterpoints the accumulating horrors of Germany and Poland under the Nazis.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 34mm | 399g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 009946604X
  • 9780099466048
  • 106,826

Review Text

"Grass is one of the master fabulists of our age"
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Review quote

"This is a big book in every sense, full of extraordinary scenes and characters: even on a single reading it seems prodigally rich in comic invention, and demands to be worried at time and again" -- Julian Mitchell Sunday Times "Grass wrote with fury, love, derision, slapstick, pathos - all with an unforgiving conscience" -- John Irving "Grass is one of the master fabulists of our age" -- Michael Ratcliffe The Times "The novel is as monstrous as its hero, pullalating with a kind of anti-life... Gunter Grass may have written the nearest thing to a literary masterpiece his generation is capable of producing" -- David Lodge Spectator "Funny, macabre, disgusting, blasphemous, pathetic, horrifying, erotic, it is an endless delirium, an outrageous phantasmagoria in which dust from Goethe, Hans Andersen, Swift, Rabelais, Joyce, Aristophanes and Rochester dances on the point of a needle in the flame of a candle that was not worth the game" Daily Telegraph
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About Günter Grass

Gunter Grass, born in Danzig in 1927, is Germany's most celebrated contemporary writer. He is a creative artist of remarkable versatility: novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, graphic artist. Grass was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.
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31,441 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (10,584)
3 19% (5,821)
2 7% (2,137)
1 3% (1,037)
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