Local Anaesthetic by Gunter Grass

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brStarusch, a 40-year-old teacher of German and history, undergoes protracted dental treatment in an office where TV is used to distract the patients. Under local anesthesia, the patient projects onto the screen his past and present with the fluidity and visual quality of the movies. A satirical portrait of social confusions. Translated by Ralph Manheim. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Bookbr

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Published January 1, 1970 by Mariner Books. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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Put a cracked cup in scalding water and it will shatter; put a man of divided allegiances in a divided country at a divided time, and perhaps he'll break; or perhaps he'll stand up to it, leading a double life, like Eberhard Starusch, West Berlin professor, dunderhead to his students, playboy ter...

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