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Tulla fills the book with her energy. If I liked Grass, I might see it as a shrewd warning of the moral time-bombs that still confront my country. His life is heavily influenced by these circumstances, above all because his mother Tulla continually urges him to fulfill his ‘duty’ and to commemorate rgass event in writing.

My problem is that I am not very convinced. Tulla Pokriefke, one of the survivors of the graes, cannot find words to describe what she saw on the ship as the torpedoes hit: Far more made the westward trek overland infrom East Prussia, Pomerania and Silesia: In fact, the book appeared during a period of debate in Germany after W.

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Born to an unwed mother on a lifeboat the night of the attack, Paul Pokriefke is a middle-aged journalist trying to piece together the tragic events. It is a warning against rushing to accept simplistic views. This is history as indirection, and on one occasion he spells it out: But she also has self-knowledge and a sharp tongue to go with it — when Paul visits on 20 April he is greeted with the words: Ich bin sehr zufrieden dass es vorbei ist.

Each of these viewpoints fight for supremacy, blaming each other for Germany society’s current woes. The mysterious figure of orebsgang old one stands between Grass and the narrator Paul. He has a very good relationship with Tulla, who tells him stories of the ship, and with whom he eventually goes to live. Jun 17, Abby rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although the details of the sinking have been known since jm, there has been reluctance to publicize them.


Divorced inhe remarried in Tulla is changed by this experience and keeps remembering the day over and over again. I recall a broadcast of an East German production of Lohengrin on Radio 3, I think in the early s.

Walter Matern, the villain of Dog Yearslost both his parents and Eberhard Starusch, the narrator of Local Anaesthetichis mother in similar circumstances. He has never managed to finish the book he is writing. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Never will it end.

I really learned to look at modern story telling from a bettermore advanced point of view. Chegou a altura certa. He spits three times on the former memorial to Gustloff, thus desecrating it in Konny’s eyes. It should have found words for the hardships endured by the Germans fleeing East Prussia By he had also become leader of the National Socialist movement in Switzerland, whose five thousand German and Austrian members he organised with great efficiency.

In this new book his role is to keep the narrator up to the mark. While the history lesson is horrible, tragic, and fascinating, Grass’s story and characters are unappealing.

It takes a specially gifted writer and authoritative critic like Gunter Grass to make this tragedy public in a format that is meaningful today. The ship was named after a Nazi organizer called Wilhelm Gustloff who was murdered by a Jewish student in Switzerland in Refresh and try again. As in earlier works, Grass concerns himself with the effects of the past on the present; he interweaves various strands and combines fact and fiction.

Now he makes amends. What makes Im Krebsgang different is the episode of German history he revisits, the fate of the Eastern refugees. The narrator is a mediocre journalist whose mother was aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff that fateful evening; he was born that night in the ship that rescued her.


The characters, too, could have involved you more. Paul’s more or less ongoing commentary about his writing efforts, his reactions to family and Him, his jumping back and forth in the story, results, at times, in a somewhat lighter, more conversational tone.

The events surrounding the biggest naval disaster in history and its tragic outcome are not an easy topic to bring to the attention of the reader of fifty-some years later. By then, the German Democratic Republic had done its best to destroy the memorials to Gustloff in Schwerin.

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In late January,the six million man Red Army had finally pushed the Axis armies into Germany, and looting, burning, rape and murder were the payback for years R. Grass was raised a Catholic. Views Read Edit View history.

The question is what to make of it all. On his website ‘blutzeuge. As he has in much of his work, Grass examines the consequences of generations of Germans failing to confront the past. In one of the reversals of fortune that punctuate the novel, he was rehabilitated krebsgqng the Khrushchev years.

The problem is that I am totally unconvinced by km Grass had to say about contemporary German in Crabwalk which is a morose and dim-witted fable.

Whenever the date appears in his narrative, which is often, Paul becomes trapped in self-pity about the unfair burden it has placed on him. But He nags and guides Paul through the details: This article relies too much on references to primary sources.

It seems absurd to classify their deaths as being mere collateral damage.