Author(s): Gunter Grass
CD - unabridged
Audio (6 discs)
Product Number: C2005
Released: May 01, 2003
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402544545
Narrator/s: George Guidall
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Gunter Grass was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. He is hailed as a leading voice in contemporary literature for his plays, essays, and many novels. Like The Tin Drum, Crabwalk explores the interwoven strands of Germany's troubled past. Using the maritime disaster of the Nazi ship William Gustloff as a fulcrum, a journalist tries to understand its history in light of his own birth, which began as the ship sank.

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"Towards the end of WWII, a Russian submarine torpedoes a German ship packed with refugees. As the ship goes down, one of the rescued passengers gives birth to our hero, who is now a middle-aged journalist assigned to investigate the sinking. He finds a neo-Nazi Web site where the incident is discussed in terms of ethnic hatred and discovers that his own 16-year-old son is the perpetrator. Meanwhile, his Marxist mother nags him with her own interpretation. George Guidall, who superbly narrated the Nobel-winning author's classic TIN DRUM, does journeyman's duty here with a rapid staccato style that gives one a vivid sense of the protagonist's discomfort over his nation's past and his family. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"

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