- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics (3 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099597578
- ISBN-13: 978-0099597575
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Tin Drum (Vintage War) Paperback – 3 Apr 2014
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"Given Grass's close involvement with this new translation, it is fair to call this the definitive version of arguably the most important German novel of the post-war era." (Observer)
"Grass published his milestone of postwar literature 50 years ago, and the event is being celebrated with new translations...Mitchell's excellent translation reveals the novel as a timeless masterpiece." (The Times)
"Funny, macabre, disgusting, blasphemous, pathetic, horrifying, erotic, it is an endless delirium, an outrageous phantasmagoria in which dust from Goethe, Hans Andersen, Swift, Rabelais, Joyce, Aristophanes and Rochester dances on the point of a needle in the flame of a candle that was not worth the game" (Daily Telegraph)
"At the ages of fourteen and fifteen, I had read Great Expectations twice - Dickens made me want to be a writer - but it was reading The Tin Drum at nineteen and twenty that showed me how. It was Günter Grass who demonstrated that it was possible to be a living writer who wrote with Dickens' full range of emotion and relentless outpouring of language. Grass wrote with fury, love, derision, slapstick, pathos - all with an unforgiving conscience." (John Irving, New York Times Book Review)
‘Thus my task was destruction’
To mark the centenary of the First World War, Vintage is launching a unique collection of war fiction. April 2014 will see the publication of twelve works by the greatest writers of the last century, each tackling this most powerful and universal of subjects.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a 20 CD entire reading which is very well done. Nice and true to the dark humour.
Ok it's an American reader but throw away your prejudice. The new translation seems a bit less stuffy than the Ralph Mannheim of the Penguin edition.
A bargain but little love invested in the packaging - but hey its all about the story - Oscar lives!
For the most part I DETEST (and usually avoid) the record companies' rapacious repackaging and re-releasing ad nauseam (vast extra profit for little extra outlay) but this is a worthwhile repeat buy. The packaging is sumptuous and the sound has been very greatly enhanced.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Why oh why are over the half the reviews for this book, actually reviews of an album of the same name by the band Japan????? The book is a masterpiece, by the way!!!!Published 1 month ago by L S
Good service and record is as described - good but used. Nothing that a spray of record cleaner didn't put right. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roger Wilson
Interesting and very different, rated as most important post war book in Germany, but not an easy (or brief) read.Published 7 months ago by C. M. Barnes
Boring. The story is slow and muddled. Don't recommend this at all.Published 9 months ago by PunkRocker182
David Sylvian never seems to attract the attention he deserves. His percussion is quite remarkable and although back when these first albums were written (with the exception of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Cornwall
One of the very best albums ever recorded in my humble opinion. I bought it on it's original release and still play it regularly even now. Read morePublished 11 months ago by B. J. du Cille