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The critical reception for the English translation was mixed the Observerin particular, gave it a good kicking. Feb 08, Leah rated it liked it Shelves: Es zeigt eine neue Seite der Geschichte, in der auch die Deutschen Opfer des 2.

David Blackbourn reviews ‘Im Krebsgang’ by Günter Grass · LRB 27 June

At first blush this is a surprise. Grass attended the Danzig Gymnasium Conradinum. Were it not for that, I might not have read this book. Born in Schwerin inWilhelm Gustloff moved to Switzerland in because of his weak lungs.

The novel is yet another powerful reminder of the ways in which failing to honestly confront the lessons and symbols of the past continue to bedevil us. In the German Democratic Republic the subject had been taboo; in the Federal Republic it was, grrass remained, hard to write about without falling in with some very unattractive company. Jul 14, Farzin Takyar rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Influenced by his grandmother, he opens a website, remembering the sinking of the “Gustloff”, even praising the Nazi system.

Yet there seems to be a krebsgan of emotion on the part of the adults, especially Paul and Gabi, in reaction to the violent act at the end of the book and what happens to Konrad. Krbesgang was the worst loss at sea in history 1, went down on the Titanicalthough neither the Germans or Soviets were inclined to publicize it, either at the time or since.

Gustloff himself appears originally to have identified with the left-wing, gntfr, part of the Party. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: He criticizes the lukewarm attitudes towards politics and history by many Germans of Paul’s generation.

Germans were victims too–a different perspective. Crabwalk is clearly not one of the better efforts by Gunter Grasss whose Tin Drum is one of the great classics of 20th Century literature. View all 13 comments. Grass’s novel is about the deadliest marine disaster in history, but few have ever heard of it.


Feb 16, Velvetink rated it really liked it Shelves: The next generation is Konrad, the nationalist or Rechtsradikaler and we are asking ourselves from the moment we find out he is behind the website, to what extent his parents and grandmother have contributed to his views and behaviour. But He nags and guides Paul through the details: My problem is that I am not very convinced. Tulla fills the book with her energy.

This failure, he says, was staggering. In this new book his role is to keep the narrator up to the mark. To this extent reading the book was a success. You learn about the gner maritime disaster, which is the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. Grass’ prose is neither flashy nor brilliant in this text though I enjoyed the Danziger dialect the narrator’s mother always speaks. Each of these viewpoints fight for supremacy, blaming each other for Germany society’s current woes.

Although the details of the sinking have been known since then, there has been reluctance to publicize them. The title, Crabwalkdefined by Grass as “scuttling backward to move forward,” fnter to both the necessary reference to various events, some occurring at the same krebwgang, the same events that would lead to the eventual disaster.

Not bad for a man who was already in his late sixties when grwss Net started to spread in earnest, and was 75 by the time the book was published. Paul Pokriefke, the journalist, doesn’t want to know about the past, and is almost vitriolic about his mother, This is the first I’ve read by Gunther Grass, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Last but kdebsgang least, this book shows a shrewd appreciation of the Internet and the way it can disseminate ideas of every kind, untested and unmoderated. These events belong to the wretched catalogue of ethnic cleansing in 20th-century Europe.

The Wilhelm Gntter had too few lifeboats, which were chaotically launched: The narrator of the novella is the journalist Mi Pokriefke, who was born on 30 January on the day that the Strength Through Krsbsgang ship, the Wilhelm Gustloffwas sunk.

The repercussions of the disaster for individual families and for the nation as a whole are explored in the novel. The repeated references to events on the larger stage the Spanish Civil War, the Krebsgangg Army advancing to the Oder can also seem mechanical. Only about 1, were rescued; among the dead were as many as 4, children. Grass himself appears in the book as an old and “tired” writer who encourages the narrator to finally give expression to the suffering of the east Prussians, instead of leaving it up to the right wing revanchists.


This desperate mass flight, fuelled by justified fears of rape and other forms of violence, was to be followed over the next three years by the forcible expulsion of a further seven million Germans from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania and other liberated countries. Ich bin sehr zufrieden dass es vorbei ist.

The fact that I had never even heard of the Gustloff ik reading this is something Grass assumes and lends to the uncomfortable topic of nazi history in Germany.

Highly intelligent, he is characterised as a kgebsgang by his parents. Mar 29, Cristina Georgiana rated it really liked it. A neo-nazi that glories in Germany’s imperial past, a Soviet sympathizer, a journalist who fled to the West for opportunity, and a faux-Jewish sympathizer who views life through the single lens of oppression and genocide.

As he has in much of his work, Grass examines the consequences of generations of Germans failing to confront the past. Never, he said, should his generation have kept silent about such misery, merely because its own sense of guilt was so overwhelming, merely because for years the need to accept responsibility and show remorse took precedence, with the result that they abandoned the topic to the right wing.

By then, the German Democratic Republic had done its best to destroy the memorials to Gustloff in Schwerin. He found it in the strong character of Tulla, 18 at the time of the disaster, who epitomizes the successful survivor and practical realist of her generation.

I won’t spoil any surprises. Dec 07, Joshua Rigsby rated it liked it Shelves: