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Learn how your comment data is processed. The Gustloff was a Nazi civilian transport ship torpedoed by a soviet submarine. Grass’ prose is neither flashy nor brilliant in this text though I enjoyed the Danziger dialect the narrator’s mother always speaks.

Born in Odessa of a Ukrainian mother and Romanian father the original family name was Marinescuhe was a drinker and womaniser whose irregular life had already attracted the attention of the NKVD. Meanwhile it is too easy not to ask who started the conflict from which the civilians were fleeing. Crabwalk is on many levels an important book, which leaves you with ample food for thought.

Now he makes amends. After that I read a few pages of “The Tin Drum” and even poetry and came to the conclusion that style-wise this work of “Grass” is weaker than others.

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Mas que a Alemanha? But son Paul goes to the West, becomes a journalist and is pressed by his mother to grasa the story of the sinking, although he does not really wish to. Instead of being honoured as a Hero of the Soviet Union, something he noisily and unwisely angled for, Marinesko was dismissed from the service and shortly afterwards sent to the Gulag. View all 9 comments.

It takes a specially gifted writer and authoritative critic like Gunter Grass to make this tragedy public in a format that is meaningful today. 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 bnter Germans from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania and other liberated countries.


The wartime generation Tulla appears to repent but does it? InGrass caused controversy with his disclosure of his Waffen-SS service during the final months of World War II, which he had kept a secret until publishing his memoir that year.

Every country that has wielded power to any extent has some questions to answer, so none of this is about German history alone. Never will it end. In addition there were U boat crew members, naval women and Croatian volunteers- a mixture then of civilian and naval personnel lying somewhere between krebsbang, and 10, The narrator is horrified to discover that the site is being run by his son, Konrad.

As he tells his mother sardonically, he has developed all right — into a chain-smoker like David Frankfurter. What sources does Paul go to for information about the disaster and how should they be used?

One major character is a the narrator’s mother who is on the Willhelm Gustloff when it is hit by three torpedos from a Russian submarine. The narrator is keen to show a rounded and unpartisan version of events and his agenda to give weight to all three menWilhelm Gustloff, David Frankfurter and the captain of the Russian submarine which torpedoes the ship, Alexander Marinesko, is an exploration of this possibility.

Another large German vessel in the vicinity performed a key turning manoeuvre at the worst possible moment, drowning victims in its wake. The Wilhelm Gustloff, a “Strength through Joy” cruise ship turned refugee carrier, sank after a Soviet submarine attack on January 30 leading to the death of more than 9, people, half of them children and infants.

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Retrieved from ” https: And how should the story be told? Slowly the characters come into view and the different strands merge to form a comprehensive picture. Feb 14, Czarny Pies rated it did not like it Shelves: He realizes that the site is maintained by his teenage son Konny who, influenced by his grandmother, has found in right-wing extremism the appetite to acknowledge the suffering of Germans during the war.

In late January,the six million man Red Army had finally pushed the Axis armies into Germany, and looting, burning, rape and murder were the payback for years R.


Were it not for that, I might not have read this book. 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. He has never managed to finish the book he is writing.

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The Wilhelm Gustloff was a German cruise liner that spent much of the war tied up in Gotenhafen the then German name for the Polish port of Gdynia. On January 30,a Russian frass 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.

In his investigations he comes across a website called http: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. You are commenting using your WordPress. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Published April 5th by Mariner Books first published April 1st As Paul works his way around the story, his Internet research leads him to a neo-Nazi site that glorifies the ship and its namesake.

He always identified himself as a Krebsganv. In late January,the six million man Red Army had finally pushed the Axis armies into Germany, and looting, burning, rape and murder rkebsgang the payback for years of the same committed by the Axis powers in the Soviet Union. Orebsgang mother considers the incident to have been a great moral outrage demanding retribution. In this book, both the language and the imagery do not present any difficulty for the reader.

For as a gntdr woman, he says, she saw things clearly: Its much more than a story of a sinking ship as the issues of paternity, environmental influences, generational struggle, density, guilt and atonement are examined.

In and he worked in a mine and received a stonemason’s education. You are commenting using your Facebook account.