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Crabwalk Gunter Grass

Crabwalk By Gunter Grass

Crabwalk by Gunter Grass


$17,19
Condition - Very Good
6 in stock

Summary

Tells the story of the sinking of the "Wilhelm Gustloff" a former cruiseship turned refugee carrier, by a Soviet submarine in January 1945. Some 9000 people perished in the Baltic Sea. Grass' narrator is one of the few survivors, a middle-aged journalist living in Berlin.

Crabwalk Summary

Crabwalk by Gunter Grass

Gunter Grass has been wrestling with Germany's past for decades now. In this new novel Grass examines a subject that has long been taboo - the suffering of Germans during World War II. Crabwalk tells the story of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a former cruiseship turned refugee carrier, by a Soviet submarine in January 1945. Some 9,000 people, most of them women and children fleeing from the advancing Red Army, went down in the Baltic Sea, making it the deadliest maritime disaster of all time. Grass's narrator is one of the few survivors, a middle-aged journalist who lives in Berlin. Born to an unwed mother on a lifeboat the night of the attack, Paul Pokriefke tries to piece together the tragic events. While his mother Tulla sees her whole existence in terms of that calamitous moment, Paul wishes their life could have been more normal, less touched by the past. For his teenage son Konrad, who dabbles in the dark, far-right corner of the internet, the Gustloff embodies the denial of Germany's wartime agony. Scuttling backward to move forward, Crabwalk is at once a reckoning with an untold chapter of European history and a reflection on the ways different generations of Germans now view their past. This is Grass's most provocative and engrossing work in years.

About Gunter Grass

Gunter Grass, born in Danzig, Germany in 1927, is Germany's most celebrated contemporary writer. He is a man of remarkable versatility: novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, graphic artist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000.

Additional information

GOR001286461
9780571216505
0571216501
Crabwalk by Gunter Grass
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Faber & Faber
2003-04-07
240
N/A
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