"The Tin Drum Will Become One Of The Enduring Literary Works Of The Twentieth Century": Finely Bound First Edition Of The Tin Drum; Signed by Gunter Grass

  • The Tin Drum.

The Tin Drum.


Item Number: 3796

New York: Pantheon, 1962.

First American edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s first novel. Octavo, finely bound in full black morocco, gilt titles to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, top edge gilt. Signed by Gunter Grass on the title page. Translated by Ralph Manheim. In fine condition.

"When Günter Grass published "The Tin Drum" in 1959 it was as if German literature had been granted a new beginning after decades of linguistic and moral destruction. Within the pages of this, his first novel, Grass recreated the lost world from which his creativity sprang, Danzig, his home town, as he remembered it from the years of his infancy before the catastrophe of war. Here he comes to grips with the enormous task of reviewing contemporary history by recalling the disavowed and the forgotten: the victims, losers and lies that people wanted to forget because they had once believed in them. At the same time the novel breaks the bounds of realism by having as its protagonist and narrator an infernal intelligence in the body of a three-year-old, a monster who overpowers the fellow human beings he approaches with the help of a toy drum. The unforgettable Oskar Matzerath is an intellectual whose critical approach is childishness, a one-man carnival, dadaism in action in everyday German provincial life just when this small world becomes involved in the insanity of the great world surrounding it. It is not too audacious to assume that "The Tin Drum" will become one of the enduring literary works of the 20th century" (The Swedish Academy).

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