Crabwalk has ratings and reviews. Steve said: R.I.P. Günter Grass ( ) Crabwalk, by Günter GrassGünter Grass’ Im Krebsgang appeare. The author of the Tin Drum takes on the worst maritime disaster in history, the sinking of a German cruise ship packed with refugees by a Soviet sub, a. In a novel that has already attracted attention on both sides of the Atlantic, Nobelist Grass (Too Far Afield) employs a compelling vehicle for his latest excursi.

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Feb 16, Velvetink rated it really liked it Shelves: He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in This, I believe, is part of the author’s intention. Gnter Grass has been wrestling with Germany’s past for decades now, but no book since The Tin Drum has generated as much excitement as this engrossing account of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. The narrator was born on a sinking ship, came out at the same time it went down.

Grass also weaves in details about the Russian sub commander, Aleksandr Marinesko, but the decidedly modern touch is the inclusion of Pokriefke’s son, Konrad, an unbalanced loner who becomes deeply involved with the Web site dedicated to commemorating Gustloff’s “martyrdom” and the vessel Hitler named after him. Its narrator tells his story by sidling up to the historical event at its core, then scuttling back, crablike, then approaching it again.

Winner of the Nobel Prize. The real number of deaths be it or is certainly large by most measures. The Wilhelm Gustloffa “Strength through Joy” cruise ship turned refugee carrier, sank after a Soviet submarine attack on January 30 leading to the death of more than 9, people, half of them children and infants.

The narrator, Paul Pokriefke, is marked by the event, since his mother was on board, eight months pregnant with him.

Having referred to the sinking of the Gustloff in previous novels, “it seems that He knew Tulla when she was young”, he had been reluctant to expand on it until he had identified the right fictional frame in which to embed the facts. And I felt like it is the task of my generation to prevent this from happening and to always act tolerant and not swallow everything parents or other authorities tell us like Tulla did with Konrad.


At 1pm on January 30as the Russians approached, she left for western Germany with some U-boat personnel, odd women naval auxiliaries and an unknown but huge number of German civilian refugees. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive.

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The history of the Gustloff was fascinating and truly tragic, the complexity of German perceptions of its own past, and the dearth of comfortable answers make this book worth your time, even if it starts a little slow. Elegance is not part of Grass’s remit as a writer, as he shows clearly enough when he hrass German history to a backed-up lavatory ‘We flush and flush, but the shit keeps rising’.

Although not stated directly the reader of German cannot avoid reflecting on this connotation. Mariner Books; Reprint edition April 5, Language: Showing of 37 reviews.

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He crabwwlk around the central incident with fascinated horror and repulsion, approaching it, touching it, and then hastening away. Yet despite all this, there is good reason to give it five stars. So, the whole story is a continuous movement between memories and present realities. Es zeigt eine neue Seite der Geschichte, in der auch die Deutschen Opfer des 2.

The narrator refers to him as his “employer” or “boss”. InGrass caused controversy with his disclosure of his Waffen-SS service during the final months of World War II, which he had kept a secret until publishing his memoir that year. cragwalk

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ceabwalk Only about 1, were rescued; among the dead were as many as 4, children. This short novel, published in “Im Krebsgang”was his last work of fiction. More than 9, German refugees died, about 5, of them children. Moreover eyewitness accounts invest the sinking with a horror that reduces the Titanic to farce. The author of the Tin Drum takes on the worst maritime disaster in history, the sinking of a German cruise ship packed with refugees by a Soviet sub, a disaster that killed nine thousand people.

All this written in the age of the Internet of which Grass is able to write about with surprising freshness, despite his age at the time of writing. Grass is struggling with the collective guilt of the German people. Tulla Pokriefke, a survivor, was eighteen and eight months pregnant when she boarded the ship. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The structure is complex and confusing.


A German cruise ship turned refugee carrier, it was attacked by grazs Soviet submarine in January The mother considers the incident to have been a great moral outrage demanding retribution.

See all customer images. Each of the main characters serves as a stand-in for methods of understanding the last years of German history. Complexly, with many layers. The writing style was rather different than what is said to be “typical” for Grass.

The story is told in a crab walk way, telling non-fictional parts of german history in combination with the history of the Pokriefke family. I found this was a very quick read. The author captures the plaintive tone of the protagonist in this first-person Grass’ message in particular addresses the after-war generation s.

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. He is best known for his first novel, “The Tin Drum”a key text in European magic realism. Por isso, valeu a pena a sua espera prolongada, desdena minha estante.

The critical reception for the English translation was mixed the Observerin particular, gave it a good kicking. While the history lesson is horrible, tragic, and fascinating, Grass’s story and characters are unappealing. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Articles lacking in-text citations from April All articles lacking in-text citations Articles lacking reliable references from April All articles lacking reliable references Pages to import images to Wikidata. According to Tulla, Paul hrass born at the moment the ship sank, on board the torpedo boat which had rescued them. Germany apparently tried to keep the disaster under wraps so as not to demoralize Grass’s novel is about the deadliest marine disaster in history, but few have ever heard of it.

He’s pressured into it by the major background player, Grass himself.