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The Call of the Toad by Günter Grass
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The Call of the Toad (original 1992; edition 1993)

by Günter Grass (Author), Ralph Manheim (Translator)

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'Gdansk 1989. A polish woman, a guilding specialist, meets a German man, a professor in art history. A walk together in a graveyard gives rise to an ambition to establish a Cemetery of Reconciliation as a mark of the times and their spirit of unity... The satire is sharp, the analysis precise, and Grass is still expert in drawing out the painful comedy of human behaviour and the pitfalls that await good intentions' - The New Yorker From the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Tin Drum comes a satire of european politics and a love story.… (more)
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Title:The Call of the Toad
Authors:Günter Grass (Author)
Other authors:Ralph Manheim (Translator)
Info:Harvest Books (1993), 248 pages
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Tags:20th-century, german, nobel-prize, novel

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The Call of the Toad by Günter Grass (1992)

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Minor Grass, without question, yet I harbor a sentimental link to the book as I read days before travelling to Rome. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Macabre humor and deft narrative control spice this doleful, satiric tale of love, mortality and politics in a changing Eastern Europe from the pen of the contemporary German master. When Alexander Reschke first meets Alexandra Piatkowska, she is on her way to a cemetery in Gdansk, Poland. The two discover they have much in common: she is a middle-aged Polish widow, he a German widower; she is an art restorer specializing in gilding, he a professor of art history specializing in tombstones; both were displaced from their birthplaces by the redrawing of borders after WW II; both champion the deceased's right to be returned home for burial. As their romance quickly blooms, so do their shared ambitions; over a bottle of wine they found the Polish-German-Lithuanian Cemetery Association (PGLCA). Soon they have an international board of directors and acres of burial land in Gdansk, and the corpses of dead Germans (born there when it was Danzig, Germany), along with the survivors' mighty Deutschemarks, are sent their way in daunting quantities. But the forces of capitalism overwhelm the pair's good intentions, and they find themselves building resorts and golf courses on the would-be burial ground. Grass ( The Tin Drum ; Two States--One Nation? ) tells their story in the voice of Alexander's former schoolmate, who has been commissioned to write a history of the PGLCA. This insightful, reluctant narrator cites photographs, recordings, videotapes, receipts and Alexander's diaries--interjecting the occasional editorial remark--to portray a strange love affair and odd benevolence gone awry.
  antimuzak | Dec 19, 2007 |
A funny novel of the clash of the past and the future--when it becomes environmentally sound to reuse cemetery space in old Europe. ( )
  chellerystick | Nov 5, 2007 |
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'Gdansk 1989. A polish woman, a guilding specialist, meets a German man, a professor in art history. A walk together in a graveyard gives rise to an ambition to establish a Cemetery of Reconciliation as a mark of the times and their spirit of unity... The satire is sharp, the analysis precise, and Grass is still expert in drawing out the painful comedy of human behaviour and the pitfalls that await good intentions' - The New Yorker From the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Tin Drum comes a satire of european politics and a love story.

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