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The Tin Drum - Günter Grass, Breon Mitchell
The Tin Drum
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The Tin Drum, one of the great novels of the twentieth century, was published in Ralph Manheim's outstanding translation in 1959. It became a runaway bestseller and catapulted its young author to the forefront of world literature.To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication,... show more
The Tin Drum, one of the great novels of the twentieth century, was published in Ralph Manheim's outstanding translation in 1959. It became a runaway bestseller and catapulted its young author to the forefront of world literature.To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, along with Grass’s publishers all over the world, is bringing out a new translation of this classic novel. Breon Mitchell, acclaimed translator and scholar, has drawn from many sources: from a wealth of detailed scholarship; from a wide range of newly-available reference works; and from the author himself. The result is a translation that is more faithful to Grass’s 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 Grass’s 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; Oskar’s 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 re-discovered.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780151014163 (0151014167)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 582
Edition language: English
Series: The Danzig Trilogy (#1)
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0 The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
bookshelves: re-read, spring-2010, dodgy-narrator, wwii, published-1959, noir, nobel-laureate, magical-realism, satire, nazi-related, paper-read, fradio, radio-4x, spring-2015, re-visit-2015, film-only, incest-agameforallthefamily, play-dramatisation Read from January 01, 2008 to April 13, 2015, r...
jwilley44
jwilley44 rated it
5.0 The Tin Drum
The next time I go to the Onion Cellar I will surely lament my finishing of this book. Why? Because less than a day after I have finished it, I already miss it and I am too prideful to cry without the aid of an onion. Finishing this book felt like saying goodbye to an old friend, oh sure we say we ...
Book Trauma
Book Trauma rated it
4.0 Tin Drum
I swear I could hear that drum playing in my head at odd moments. Especially every time I tried to write this review. I think it was my own warning to pay proper homage to a brilliant book. It always amazes me how some authors can take some dark passages of a characters life and treat it with a humo...
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it
5.0
What a tightrope act of a book this is. Sustaining the totally unreliable, possibly insane voice of Oskar through a book this long without stumbling or stretching our suspension of semi-belief is a hell of a task, and Grass totally nails it. I found this entertaining, funny, sad, weird and wholly li...
Mikela
Mikela rated it
4.0 The Tin Drum
This is going to be the very, very short version as one would have to write pages to do justice to this book and I'm just not up to it. In a nutshell..Oskar is born with the understanding of an adult. He hears a conversation between his mother and her husband in which the husband says Oskar will gro...
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