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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Von der Thematik her, ein sehr interessantes Buch. Her son Paul is the first person narrator of the novel. Or, to put it another way, lying to lots of people just got a whole lot easier. But Germans themselves certainly do, and it has become a political football, with right-wing revisionists claiming the disaster as a war crime.

The narrator is supposed to be pulling this story together and ghost writing for an old prof whose written himself dry. 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.

A German cruise ship turned refugee carrier, it was attacked by a Soviet submarine in January Grass was born in Danzig, a few miles from the port from which the Wilhelm Gustloff began its last voyage. 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. Tulla is short, thin, white-haired since the sinking of the ship, and attractive to men even into old age.

Each of these viewpoints fight for supremacy, blaming each other for Germany society’s current woes. He integrates into the story the recurrent problem of young neo-nazis, skinheads and the danger of hate websites on the Internet characterized through Paul’s son Konny.

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. Ich muss mehr von Grass lesen dies war nach “Katz und Maus” mein zweites Buch von ihm.


None of them is comfortable with their present-day life. Either way, my view would likely be coloured by where I lay to the left or right. This is very innovative to write a novel in such a method, isn’t it?! When the narrator finally brings himself to describe the actual sinking, he tries to remain as reserved, as factual as possible, relying on the reports of the survivors, of the complement of the single accompanying German ship, and of the sailors of the Russian submarine.

About 1, people were rescued. Crabwalk takes its time to get going. 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.

Last but not least, this book shows a shrewd appreciation of the Internet and the way it can disseminate ideas of every kind, untested and unmoderated. 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.

A book on how evil or hatred depicted here on the affinity to the nazi ideology of some children at the end of the second world war doesn’t need a reason and will always find martyrs, because sacrifices are always seen with esteem and approval, even though the idea behind them is fundamentally wrong.

When he finally does so, it is at the behest of an older author, yrass Grass himself. Crabs are scavengers, drawn to carrion or, as Paul puts it, ‘the scents and similar exudations of history’.

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No eBook available Amazon. He may well have known some of the people who disappeared into the Baltic’s deathly cold waters.

It is in every respect the fourth volume of a Danzig tri tetralogy, the primary reason why Grass received the Nobel Prize. Discover what to read next. This short novel, published in “Im Krebsgang”was his last work of fiction.

Three generations of Pokriefkes, deeply influenced by the disaster, have to deal with it and the wider Nazi history in their individual way. Slowly the characters come into view and the different strands merge to form a comprehensive picture. The book ends against a backdrop of skinhead hate crimes in the late s, forging a link between fascists past and present. The son is ambivalent while the grandson who agrees with the grandmother kills a person that he believes to be a Jew as an act or revenge.


He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in Grass creates a fictional survivor, a teenage girl who is 8 months pregnant and gives birth right after being rescued by another ship.

In the main, however, few people outside Germany know grwss about the sinking.

Prose in peril on the sea

ceabwalk On January 30,a Russian submarine fired three torpedoes at the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, a passenger ship built to hold 1, people that had more than 10, aboard, most of them German refugees fleeing the advancing Red Army.

Grass’ prose is neither flashy nor brilliant in this text though I enjoyed the Danziger dialect the narrator’s mother always speaks. In fact, the book appeared during a period of debate in Germany after W. In the crabbwalk family in this book, three generations are marked by the suppression of the story of the Wilhelm Gustloff.

Briefly summarised, Crabwalk is the story of a fictional German teenager, Tulla, who rcabwalk birth to a boy on the ship that has rescued her from the sea. Pages with related products. The writer himself claims in one of the beginning pages that he is going to narrate in a manner that resembles the way a crab walks; going forward and backward in a way that the overall result is a slow forward movement.

There is also talk about the civilian victims but evasion of crsbwalk fact that the ship was also evacuating a U-boat depot. But son Paul goes to the West, becomes a journalist and is pressed by his mother to write the story of the sinking, although he does not really wish to.

A Russian submarine happened upon the vessel and sank it with a loss of all but known survivors according to Hastings; 1, according to Grassmaking this the greatest maritime disaster in history.