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Too far afield by Günter Grass
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Too far afield (1995)

by Günter Grass

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Marvelous, fascinating, unique and simply Grass. ( )
  David_Cain | Aug 13, 2012 |
One of the most interesting parts of this book is the reaction of characters from East Berlin to the wall going down. Inflation of rents and the cost of living is a big change to normal everyday life. Commercials all over the place are replacing the boring political slogans and propoganda. Theo is consumed by doubt about his political destiny and about the relationship with his wife.
  libraryhermit | Sep 19, 2010 |
I think I liked this better than The Tin Drum, although I would understand if most people thought I was crazy. Two men, tied together through history, and making their ways through a Nazi, a communist, and a capitalist regime. They push and pull, and are utterly flawed. And random. ( )
  eas311 | Jul 12, 2010 |
German Literature
  peterwhumphreys | Feb 16, 2007 |
A very dense novel that doesn't extend a welcome mat to the average reader--and still is rather challenging to a reader of Theodor Fontane, who isn't an author most english-speaking readers encounter. The novel operates on at least two levels--sometimes simultaneously, where the characters at the time of the crumbling of the Berlin wall mirror (and sometimes are) the characters of Theodor Fontane, novelist, and an investigator. A central motif is that of the paternoster, a constantly running opendoored elevator, which operates on multiple levels at once, as well. Not at all an easy read, but proof that Grass has far more intricate and interesting things to offer than Tin Drum ( )
  tsinandali | Oct 29, 2005 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Grass, GünterAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fontcuberta i Gel, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gielkens, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grass, GünterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoffmann, SelwynnPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winston, KrishnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Wir vom Archiv nannten ihn Fonty; nein, viele die ihm über den Weg liefen, sagten: "Na, Fonty, wieder mal Post von Friedlaender? Und wie gehts dem Fräulein Tochter? Überall wird von Metes Hochzeit gemunkelt, nicht nur auf dem Prenzlberg. Ist da was dran, Fonty?"
Selbst sein Tagundnachtschatten rief: "Aber nein, Fonty! Das war Jahre vor den revolutionären Umtrieben, als Sie Ihren Tunnelbrüdern bei Funzellicht was Schottisches, ne Ballade geboten haben..."
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Stimmt, lieber Freundlich. Höre und akzeptiere Ihren Einwand 48 und 53, im März und Juni gab es Tote; diesmal ging es unblutig zu. "Sanfte Revolution" war das Wort. Aber nur deshalb floß kein Blut, weil die Arbeiter- und Bauernmacht nicht mehr Staat sein wollte, vielmehr beschloss, in dem anderen aufzugehen, auf dass wir nun mit dem vergößerten Weststaat - dank unserer Mitgift, dem Knacks in der Biographie - zur Last fallen werden, bis der an sich selbst gescheiterte Kommunismus seinen Zwillingsbruder, den jetzt noch vital auftrumpfenden Kapitalismus, gleichfalls in die Grube gezogen haben wird.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156014165, Paperback)

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of My Century and The Tin Drum, a novel of broad historical proportions set in Berlin during the years of German reunification.

Two old men roam through Berlin observing life in the former German Democratic Republic after the fall of the Wall in 1989. Theo Wuttke, a former East German functionary, is a keen observer and a gifted speaker. Ludwig Hoftaller is a mid-level spy whose loyalties shift with each new regime. Together, both men see what the future is bringing as they try to save what they can from the past and understand the meaning of being German.

A complex and challenging exploration of what Germany's reunification will mean-for Germans, for Europe, and for the world-Too Far Afield is a masterwork from one of Europe's greatest writers. Written with the wit, fantasy, literary erudition, and political acerbity for which Grass is celebrated, it is a deeply human story laced with pain and humor in equal measure.

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From the Nobel Prize-winning author of My Century and The Tin Drum, a novel of broad historical proportions set in Berlin during the years of German reunification. Two old men roam through Berlin observing life in the former German Democratic Republic after the fall of the Wall in 1989. Theo Wuttke, a former East German functionary, is a keen observer and a gifted speaker. Ludwig Hoftaller is a mid-level spy whose loyalties shift with each new regime. Together, both men see what the future is bringing as they try to save what they can from the past and understand the meaning of being German. A complex and challenging exploration of what Germany's reunification will mean-for Germans, for Europe, and for the world-Too Far Afield is a masterwork from one of Europe's greatest writers. Written with the wit, fantasy, literary erudition, and political acerbity for which Grass is celebrated, it is a deeply human story laced with pain and humor in equal measure.… (more)

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