Hailed by critics and readers alike as Günter Grass's best book since The Tin Drum, Crabwalk is an engrossing account of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff and a critical meditation on Germany's struggle with its wartime memories. The Gustloff, a German cruise ship turned refugee carrier, was... show more
Hailed by critics and readers alike as Günter Grass's best book since The Tin Drum, Crabwalk is an engrossing account of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff and a critical meditation on Germany's struggle with its wartime memories. The Gustloff, a German cruise ship turned refugee carrier, was attacked by a Soviet submarine in January 1945. Some nine thousand 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. For his teenage son, who dabbles in the dark, far-right corners of the Internet, the Gustloff embodies the denial of Germany's suffering. 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.
Publish date: April 5th 2004
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 252
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, World War II
, German Literature
, Nobel Prize
Günter Grass' (b. 1927) Im Krebsgang appeared in 2002, a late work, but one of the best Grass ever wrote. 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, 1944-1945. In late J...
Gefiel mir eindeutig besser als vor 3 oder 4 Jahren. Dass es anstrengend zu lesen ist, bleibt trotzdem Fakt. ;)
Sobering historical fiction that examines the complex lingering impacts of Germany's experience as both aggressor in Europe and victim of Soviet atrocities during WWII. The book explores the reactions of 3 generations of one family affected by the sinking of the Gustloff, in which thousands, mainly,...
This is probably a minor novel by Grass, but still it's often breathtaking.I particularly liked the work of historic research that made the basement of the novel. Unless the tragedies of Titanic and Lusitania, quite a few people knew about the shipwreck of the Wilhelm Gustloff.The scene of the sunke...