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. And 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 Kashubes, Poles, Germans, and Jews—waiting to be discovered and rediscovered.
The famous allegorical novel of Germany and the Second World War, first published in 1959. Oskar Matzerath, the hunchbacked narrator, grows up in Danzig during the ******' rise to power. Cynical and disgusted by the adults around him, Oskar decides at the age of three to stop growing and observes the world around him with the bitter distance of a freak. Made into a successful movie in 1980, THE TIN DRUM was considered the first significant literary work to come out of postwar Germany.
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- April 8, 2010
- April 8, 2010
- Gunter Grass