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The tin drum
Gunter Grass
Adult Fiction GRASS

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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 not want to be born while still in utero. Nevertheless, Oskar makes his first appearance in the prewar free city of Danzig (now Polish Gdan'sk) like an uber-enfant terrible and begins a series of (mis)adventures with his symbol, the tin drum, that lead him through the Nazi era and beyond. One more extraordinary thing about Oskar is that at age three he refuses to grow anymore. Verdict This reviewer did not have access to the German text in comparing this new translation with the original, by Ralph Manheim. The Mitchell translation might be said to be somewhat smoother, a bit more contemporary in feeling, but there is a heft to the original lacking here. Grass actually collaborated with several translators, including Mitchell, in producing new translations in various languages. Either translation is highly recommended to those who love world literature, though smaller libraries shouldn't feel rushed to replace the initial translation. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/09.]-Edward Cone, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: 35
Thought insane; has not grown since the age of three.

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