The Call of the Toad by Gunter Grass

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A German art historian and a Polish art restorer meet in Gdan+a7sk and go into business together returning the remains of Germans exiled after the war to Danzig. By the author of Two States--One Nation. 15,000 first printing.
 

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Born on October 16, 1927 in Gdansk, Poland, Günter Grass was a member of the Hitler Youth in the 1930s. At the age of 16, he was drafted into the German military, was wounded, and became a prisoner of war in 1945. His first novel, The Tin Drum (1959), selected by the French as the best foreign language book of 1962, is the story of Oscar Matzerath, a boy who refuses to grow up as a protest to the cruelty of German society during the war. It is the first part of his Danzig trilogy, followed by Cat and Mouse (1961) and Dog Years (1963), and was made into a movie by director Volker Schlondorff, winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1979. His other works include Local Anaesthetic, The Flounder, Crabwalk, and Peeling the Onion. He has been honored many times, including a distinguished service medal from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1980 which he refused to accept. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by MARTIN SECKER & WARBURG LTD. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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An aging German art-historian, Alexander Reschke, meets a Polish woman, Alexandra Piatkowska, a fine-arts re-gilder, at an outdoor flower-stall in Gdask, Poland (once Danzig).

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Macabre humor and deft narrative control spice this doleful, satiric tale of love, mortality and politics in a changing Eastern Europe from the pen of the contemporary German master. When Alexander Re

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Entertainment Weekly

Like The Tin Drum, Cat and Mouse, and Dog Years, Günter Grass' new novel, The Call of the Toad, takes us to his birthplace, the Baltic port of Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland), and buries us in the muck and bones of history — this time almost literally, since the plot we're drawn into is a cemeter...

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The Independent

This Gunter Grass - who has also tried to organise Polish- German debates on a novel which is about the difficulty of German-Polish reconciliation - sounds as cranky and endearing as D H Lawrence trying to persuade coal-miners to brighten up their lives by wearing red trousers.

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The Independent

All the same, this novel is being battered in Germany not because Grass has become a windbag with nothing to say but - just the contrary - because in the swollen-headed climate after unification he is saying something mocking and pessimistic about German good intentions.

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