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Grass’ prose is neither flashy nor brilliant in this text though I enjoyed the Danziger dialect the narrator’s mother always speaks. Yet despite all this, there is good reason to give it five stars. Grass wants to make connections between these different historical worlds, but gntet constant emphasis on synchronicity feels forced.

The use of the metanarrative keeps us constantly aware of the production of the report and the difficulty of arriving at any one fnter version of history. The narrator is eventually forced to realise that his imprisoned son has himself become grasss new martyr, and is celebrated as such by neo-Nazis on the Internet.

But He nags and guides Paul through the details: The numbers of lives lost has always been hard to quantify, because it was carrying thousands of civilians who had boarded at the last minute fleeing from the Russian advance from the east, many of whom were not registered officially as passengers.

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Die Geschichte ist etwas interessant. He is in favour of a neutral documentary on the ship, its history and its namesake, a Nazi “martyr” and hero. Grass is struggling with the collective guilt of the German people.

Most of all, however, going backwards in grasw to go forwards means returning to the past for the sake of the present. I recall a broadcast of an East German production of Lohengrin on Radio 3, I think in the early s. As Grass threads these narratives together, three not very famous lives stand proxy for the history of 20th-century Europe: Despite the fact thatat the end you start to think negatively about Nazis, kkrebsgang or old, you get to consider the dogmatic approach taken by the jews, which is not noticeably more civilized than the Nazis’.

Kebsgang the larger structure of the book, the website gives Grass a means of introducing a range of perspectives and commenting on them. This was the first work of Grass I’ve ever read.


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She embodies the reproachfulness of the refugees from the East. Beim zweiten Lesen der ersten 30 Seiten vnter es allerdings deutlich schneller und leichter. He has had an arms length relationship with Konrad, separating from his mother, Gabi, and failing to establish a meaningful bond with him.

The “incident” at the center of this book is not well known – I learned about it only recently in the pages of Max Hastings’ excellent Armageddon, The Battle for Germany, He is a hack journalist who worked for the right-wing Springer press and later wrote for left-wing papers like the tageszeitungin neither case with any conviction. As I learned, his style in “Crabwalk” differs to his writing in the Danzig Trilogy although it deals with the same subject: The book looks at the world war from a different angle.

Chegou a altura certa. The success of his last sortie along the Baltic coast did not have the expected effect. Paul’s more or less ongoing commentary about his writing efforts, his reactions to family and Him, his jumping back and forth in the story, results, at times, in a somewhat lighter, more conversational tone. And the role of fiction in telling the story is played with too: So, the whole story is a continuous movement between memories and present realities.

Even then, it was Anglo-Saxons like Norman Naimark in his important work ofThe Russians in Germany who made the breakthrough in writing about the rape and murder visited on German civilians. He’s pressured into it by the major background player, Grass himself. But a Jewish boy enters his chatroom, and starts to argue with him. In a parallel to the Frankfurter-Gustloff plot, heated exchanges in cyberspace lead to another violent act that ties together personal and public history.

At 1pm on January 30as the Russians approached, she left for western Germany with some U-boat personnel, odd women naval auxiliaries and an unknown but huge number of German civilian refugees.

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Ich wusste fnter auf die schlechte Graws Katastrophe. Feb 14, Czarny Pies rated it did not like it Shelves: For me, the main message of the book was to talk more open about the history so that we can prevent crimes motivated by right wing radicalism.


The Wilhelm Gustloff had too few lifeboats, which were chaotically launched: The writer himself claims in one of the beginning pages that he is going to narrate in a manner that It took me nearly ten days to read this not-too-long book. As many as nine thousand people lost their lives six times the death toll of the Titanicincluding four thousand children and infants.

None of them is comfortable with their present-day life. Frass takes a specially gifted writer and authoritative critic like Gunter Grass to make this tragedy public in a format that is meaningful today. He’s mi next generation, with no memory of the event, and he just wants to get on with his life, even if what he’s doing isn’t particularly worthwhile.

The narrator of the story is a hack journalist who is reluctantly drawn into researching the unusual circumstances of his birth, In a lifeboat, after the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by a Russian sub in A key moment occurs when Grass tells the narrator he is disappointed that Tulla turned into something as banal as a Party functionary. Politically she is difficult to classify, except as an extremist: Over several decades the refugees and expellees became the moral property of the German Right, their fate fashioned into an insensitive narrative of victimisation.

We had to read this book in school and mainly, we were taught that it deals with the difficulties of the distinction between victim and perpetrator. Articles lacking in-text citations from April All articles lacking in-text citations Articles lacking reliable references from April All articles lacking reliable references Pages to import images to Wikidata.

I won’t spoil any surprises. Spirited, unconventional and a salty speaker of East Prussian dialect, she is the ultimate survivor. If I liked Grass, I might see it as a shrewd warning of the moral time-bombs that still confront my country.

Via his website he forms a love-hate relationship with Wolfgang: For Grass, the Right should never have been ceded the monopoly of writing about the victims of mass flight and expulsion.