Too Far Afield
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Too Far Afield

3.15 (181 ratings by Goodreads)
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From the Nobel Prize-winning author of My Century and The Tin Drum, a novel of broad historical proportions set in Berlin during the years of German reunification. Two old men roam through Berlin observing life in the former German Democratic Republic after the fall of the Wall in 1989. Theo Wuttke, a former East German functionary, is a keen observer and a gifted speaker. Ludwig Hoftaller is a mid-level spy whose loyalties shift with each new regime. Together, both men see what the future is bringing as they try to save what they can from the past and understand the meaning of being German. A complex and challenging exploration of what Germany's reunification will mean-for Germans, for Europe, and for the world-Too Far Afield is a masterwork from one of Europe's greatest writers. Written with the wit, fantasy, literary erudition, and political acerbity for which Grass is celebrated, it is a deeply human story laced with pain and humor in equal measure.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 151.9 x 227.6 x 32.3mm | 870.91g
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156014165
  • 9780156014168
  • 2,219,771

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It is the work of a seasoned craftsman, certain of what he wants to do, completely in control of his gifts."-The New York Times Book Review
A perfect instrument for tracing echoes and parallels across German writing and history . . . No other German novelist could have pulled off such a feat."
-The Economist
A rich, troubling work that offers incontrovertible evidence of this great writer's undiminished artistry, integrity, and passion."-Kirkus Reviews (starred)
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181 ratings
3.15 out of 5 stars
5 14% (25)
4 24% (44)
3 33% (60)
2 21% (38)
1 8% (14)
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