Günter Grass: Die Blechtrommel (Buchbesprechung mit ausführlicher Inhaltsangabe und Rezension von Dieter Wunderlich). Original print of the cover art of the Gunter Grass’ most famous work Die Blechtrommel. Signed by Gunter Grass on the bottom right hand. the art of Giinter Grass, who achieves balance through contrarities, through a juxtaposition The angular line of chronological narrative in Die Blechtrommel is .

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He always identified himself as a Kashubian. One of these days they will go searching for Poland with rockets. Or, rather, Thank Grass. Die Danziger Trilogie 3 books. Gifted with a piercing shriek that can shatter glass or be used as a weapon, Oskar declares himself to be one of those “clairaudient infants”, whose “spiritual development is complete at birth and only needs to affirm itself”.

The Tin Drum “. This was the gdass of departure. The story uses Brecht’s concept of distancing to keep us from identifying with the characters. The crazy characters are intersting and funny at first, but there’s no connection between them, and after a while their strangeness gets boring and repetitive.

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His body length remains a convenient 96 centimeters roughly 3 foot 2. Oscar fulfill all these conditions. You would think an author of this caliber would produce something that has a sophisticated or should I say complicated?

Blecchtrommel Oskar, he was an opportunist. Dripping with arrogance and wit against a macabre backdrop, The Tin Drum follows our sturdy-at-three-feet protagonist Oskar from his vivid recollections of his own birth through Hitler’s occupations of Danzig, DE and Oskar’s familial Poland through many other no doubt exciting and bleak adventures that I haven’t yet encountered in reading.

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There is an aspect to violence that disconnects from everyday reality. There is Oskar’s beloved mother herself, and his Kashubian grandmother, who grows potatoes and always wears four skirts. Drum away all the unnecessary baggage and crosses. During the war, Oskar joins a troupe of performing dwarfs who entertain the German troops at the front line. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


What am I missing? His favorite toy is Tin Drum – a common sight in war times, for armies marched on sound of drums. Sie pfiff, ohne ein Lied zu meinen, und scharrte mit dem Haselstock die erste gare Kartoffel aus der Asche.

The mound was set ablaze, and the grocer took the opportunity to warm his hands and his passions at the public fire. They are discovered by Mr. He also wins acclaim, later in life, for his prodigious talent as a drummer.

We become hunchbacks, disfigured, compared to our youthful selves. The story revolves around the life of Oskar Matzerath, as narrated by himself when confined in a mental hospital during the years — Painful because what is presented as entertainment is actually crime.

If you ever wondered whether the narrator you’re dealing with is reliable or not, here’s one case where it’s pretty easy to decide. Apr 02, Sidharth Vardhan rated it it was amazing Shelves: During an encounter with fellow musician Klepp, Klepp asks Oskar how he has an authority over the judgement of music. He has one sister, who was born in I’ve been reading up on my Greek and Roman gods to get better at crosswords, and just the other day, I read the story of Cupid.

His favorite places for this are under the skirts of his grandma, under tables, and in cupboards. It is not pleasant to revisit blrchtrommel. This occurs throughout the whole book. Upon moving in, he falls in love with Sister Dorothea, a neighbor, but he later fails to seduce her.

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Webarchive template wayback links Articles containing German-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May Articles to be expanded from October All articles to be expanded Articles needing translation from German Wikipedia Wikipedia articles with BNF identifiers Wikipedia articles with GND identifiers. The novel is divided into three books. Even in translation, his language is dazzling, and one thing is certain: Bblechtrommel story revolves around the life of Oskar Matzerath, as narrated by himself when confined in a mental hospital during the years — View all 10 comments.


Heil, Oskar Koljaiczek Matzerath-Bronski! A new 50th anniversary translation into English by Breon Mitchell was published in For showing us this world from another perspective.

Open Preview See a Problem? Given enough time, often too much time, we rediscover our youthful passions and we learn to drum again, to enjoy, to travel. I gather this is supposed to reflect German societies refusal to accept the realities of the rise of Nazism and their complicity in it. Nowadays the Germans have started searching for Poland with credits, Leicas, and compasses, with radar, divining rods, delegations, and moth-eaten provincial students’ associations in costume.

Of course it does. The images were so clear, and seemed so familiar that I have a hard time to figure out how they came to my mind in the first place. Oscar doesn’t much like Hitler, but he has a love-hate relationship with Jesus Hitler’s title ‘Fuhrer’ literally means guardian; so does the word ‘Christ’ – depending upon his mood he doesn’t believe in Jesus, believes in Jesus, is a messenger of Jesus, is Jesus himself, is father of Jesus etc.

He illustrates that survival is not a circumstantial matter but rather a mindset you choose to adapt. Or you can start by declaring that novels can no longer be written, and then, behind your own back as it were, produce a mighty blockbuster that establishes you as the last of the great novelists. 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.

The bane of propaganda assemblies!