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The “incident” at the center of this book is not well known – I learned about it only recently in the pages of Max Hastings’ excellent Armageddon, The Battle for Germany, But she also has self-knowledge and a sharp tongue to go with it — when Paul visits on 20 April he is greeted with the words: This failure, he says, was staggering. Return to Book Page. What makes Im Krebsgang different is the episode of German history he revisits, the fate of the Eastern refugees.

View all 13 comments. None of them is comfortable with their present-day life. On the contrary, Im Krebsgang is a rich, harrowing and moving book.

In a parallel to the Frankfurter-Gustloff plot, heated exchanges in cyberspace lead to another violent act that ties together personal and public history. Gmterhis presentation of the war is fair and not too much pro-jew, which is the case with so many famous art pieces about the war.

As Paul sees it, everything started to go wrong at the very beginning, for he was born as the Wilhelm Gustloff sank, on the rescue boat that saved his pregnant mother.

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. 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.

Winner i, the Nobel Prize Paperbackpages. Grass notes more than once in the book that 4, of these were thought to be children. I recall a broadcast of an East German production of Lohengrin on Radio 3, I think in the early s.

In Icy Baltic Waters

Walter Matern, the villain of Dog Yearslost both his parents and Eberhard Starusch, the narrator of Local Anaesthetichis mother in similar circumstances. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in It was the worst maritime disaster in history; to put it in perspective, the death toll on the Titanic was about 1, Grass clearly understood the new technology and its potential implications for politics, and for our understanding of the past.


It is in every respect the fourth volume of a Danzig tri tetralogy, the primary reason why Grass received the Nobel Prize. In fact, the book appeared during a period of debate in Germany after W. Gustloff himself appears originally to have identified with the left-wing, populist, part of the Party. Every country that has wielded power to any extent has some questions to answer, so none of this is about German history alone. Belonging to the generation of those who fled west after the end of the war, he encourages Paul to write of the sinking as a substitute for his own failure to do so.

But for me the most impressive thing about “Crab Walk” is how it also functions as a reminder not to repeat history and also as a reminder to stop right wing radicalism.

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

Sprachlich habe ich es genossen. There were estimated to be approximately 1, survivors and so the losses lay somewhere between 5, and 9, April Learn how and when to remove this template message. Unusually for its era, it was single-class. Each of these viewpoints fight for supremacy, blaming each other for Germany society’s current woes.

Briefly summarised, Crabwalk is the story of a fictional German teenager, Tulla, who gives birth to a boy on the ship that has rescued her from the sea. Jan 25, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: In Januarya cruise ship which had been reconfigured to transport German refugees, the Wilhelm Gustloffwas sunk by a Soviet submarine in icy Baltic waters.

Ich fand die ersten 30 Seiten am schlimmsten, obwohl ich die ja schon einmal im Sommer gelesen habe und jetzt aber erneut von vorne beginnen graxs, da ich damals abgebrochen habe. Paul goes back and gnteer from the present to the past this is the ‘crabwalk’ of the title to tell the stories of himself, his mother, and his son. This article includes a list of referencesrelated reading or external linksbut its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations.


This is still so; anti-immigrant parties in Europe can present themselves as defending the working man against a liberal elite.

Incorrigible old Nazis and foreign sympathisers, well-meaning survivors, skinheads of the radical Right, a philo-semitic young German — their voices are um heard in a virtual debate about the course of modern German history. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Grass was born in Danzig, a few miles from the port from which the Wilhelm Gustloff began its last voyage.

Email required Address never made public. Evidently this was thought likely to provoke the wrong reaction; but did West German opera houses cut these lines too? Posted on June 15, by mandywight.

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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. He has a very good relationship with Tulla, who tells gnger stories of the ship, and with whom he eventually goes to live.

Perhaps it should have been possible earlier: The story revolves around a silly happening in today’s world where the Internet exists and is a common modality for communication.

Log In Register for Online Access. Paul will never fully grasp the experiences that have made Tulla what she is. Beim zweiten Lesen der ersten 30 Seiten ging es allerdings deutlich schneller und leichter. Whenever the date appears in his narrative, which is often, Paul becomes trapped in self-pity about the unfair burden it has placed brass him.

The violence perpetrated on Germans, out of vengeance and grzss the name of ethnically homogeneous states, was clearly a dark sequel to the preceding Nazi atrocities in Eastern Europe, geass unthinkable without the barbarism unleashed by Hitler. The history of the Gustloff was fascinating and truly tragic, the complexity of German perceptions of its own past, and the dearth of comfortable answers make this book worth your time, even if it starts a little slow.