The Tin Drum

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Vintage, 2010 - Fiction - 582 pages
Bitter and impassioned, this novel delivers a scathing dissection of the years from 1925-1955 through the eyes of Oskar, the dwarf whose manic beating on the toy of his childhood fantastically counterpoints the horrors of Germany and Poland under the Nazis.

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German Nobel laureate Grass burst onto the literary scene in 1959 with what many consider one of the best postwar novels to that date. Grass recounts here the story of Oskar Mazerath, who knew he did ... Read full review

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G nter Grass, born in Danzig in 1927, is Germany's most celebrated contemporary writer. He is a creative artist of remarkable versatility- novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, graphic artist. Grass was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.


Breon Mitchell's translations include works by Franz Kafka, Heinrich Boll, and many others. He is the recipient of several awards for literary translation, he is Professor of Germanic Literature at Indiana University, and Director of the Lilly Library.

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