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ISBN-10: 0156319357

ISBN-13: 9780156319355

Edition: 1989

Authors: G�nter Grass

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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/5/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.17" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Born on October 16, 1927 in Gdansk, Poland, G�nter Wilhelm 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.

""Flavored with dill, stuffed with prunes, and awash with beer, The Flounder is a kind of Germanic One Hundred Years of Solitude, a Baltic Ulysses (at least in scale) and fantastic in any language.""
The Washington Post Book World Based loosely on Grimm's
""The Fisherman and His Wife,"" this triumphant blend of folk tale and contemporary story takes place over the course of nine months, during which the wife of the narrator becomes pregnant and is regaled with tales of the various cooks the fisherman has met