The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

eBook - 2009
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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, 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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780547417738
054741773X
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (592 pages)
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, Breon
Call Number: eBook

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Maoisdead
Sep 15, 2017

This enduring 20th century classic endures for good reason, by providing both a shocking and at times surreal narrative, and an anatomical dissection of the many layers of complexity of its protagonist, Oskar Matzerath, as seen through the lens of personal and world history. The drum-playing genius, self-serving yet sensitive, and given to the "gratuitous" shattering of glass with his piercing scream, descends into the abyss of paranoid psychosis against the backdrop of WWII and the postwar period in Germany. This novel is not for the faint-of-heart. The labyrinthine syntax and diamond-tipped diction mesh with the intricacies of Oskar's thoughts and observations. Enjoy the multiple unforgettable scenes and descriptions.

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augsburgerin
Jun 18, 2015

Still one of the best books about Germany in the middle of the 20th century.

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MichaelBradley
May 18, 2014

A supremely weird and masterful work of 20th century fiction. Our hero is Oscar, who has willed himself to look perpetually 3 years old, whose voice can destroy glass, and whose drumming can summon the memories and emotional history of humankind. Set in Poland just before the rise of the Third Reich, The Tin Drum, documents the second world war through the eyes of a child with the mind of an artistic revolutionary rebel. Five stars!

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

Once again, hype leads to a non-spectacular read (see my review of "Daughter of Fortune"). This controversial book (and the movie) did nothing for me. The story was not only bizarre, but left me to wonder: What was the point? (June 2001)

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SPL_STARR Jun 23, 2015

"Granted: I AM an inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there's a peep-hole in the door, and my keeper's eye is the shade of brown that can never see through a blue-eyed type like me."

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