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The art of this book is manifested in the tightly woven mesh of so many distinct threads. The victims of the Wilhelm Gustloff were among roughly 33, Germans who died at sea attempting similar journeys.

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Started in East Germany moved to the west but never amounted to much. Crabwalk might also imply a more abstract backward glance at history, in order to allow a people to move forward. The narrator who is born in the lifeboat is the second major character and his son who will dedicate his life to seeking revenge for the incident is the third major character. The politics of divided postwar Europe also helped to marginalise the memory of what happened.

To this extent reading the book was a success. But then neither has anybody else in Germany, as if it were simply not polite to bring up the subject. It is worth mentioning that I read the Persian translation of the book and it was quite satisfactory. Peak District linguist writes on books in English, German and Spanish, on literary events and on translation. The repeated references to events on the larger stage the Spanish Civil War, the Red Army advancing to the Oder can also seem mechanical.

Most of all, however, going backwards in order to go forwards means returning to the past for the sake of the present.

David Blackbourn reviews ‘Im Krebsgang’ by Günter Grass · LRB 27 June

For other uses, see Crabwalk disambiguation. Feb 14, Czarny Pies rated it did not like it Shelves: I think each and every sentence of the book is there for some reason, although I could not get the reason to some! Whenever we find out what is happening to one character, we have to be told what has happened simultaneously to the others. Never, he said, should his generation have kept silent about such misery, merely because its own sense of guilt was so overwhelming, merely because for years the need to accept responsibility and show remorse took precedence, with the result that they abandoned the topic to the right wing.


Apr 14, Robert Wechsler rated it really liked it Shelves: The narration is a complex simultaneous mixture of all of these and still more elements, jumping about through time and space.

The wartime generation Tulla appears to repent but does it? He dances around the central incident with fascinated horror and repulsion, approaching it, touching it, and then hastening away. The Wilhelm Gustloff was a German cruise liner that spent much of the war tied up in Gotenhafen the then German name for the Polish port of Gdynia. April Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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Jun 17, Abby rated it it was amazing Shelves: She seeks at every opportunity to put the story of the ship into the public domain, because it was the subject of silence for so long. An elderly German woman told me in the early s that she had been spared, seemingly because she was holding a child, while single women were dragged away.

But we learn, too, that the same Russians had spared his young stepmother, Maria, because she cradled baby Kurt on her lap. The narrator is a man who was born on the ship as it was sinking, or on the u-boat that rescued his pregnant mother, one of the more fascinating characters one can read about in any book.

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His disinclination to take on this project at all speaks volumes about his generation’s reluctance krebsgng relive and confront all aspects of the German past. I found the novelty of the anti-chronological organization far less interesting than the historical event that underpins all the characters’ lives: Posted on June 15, by mandywight.

Es ist einfach ein Buch, was meiner Meinung nach auch gerade zur Zeit sehr wichtig ist. Paul, representing the next generation, comes over as a passionless liberal, something of a drifter, brought up without a father, living in both the East and then West Berlin, writing as a journalist for papers with a broad range of political positions, drifting into and then out of his relationship with Gabi.


Slowly the characters come into view and the different strands merge to form a comprehensive picture. I’m simply amazed at how much Grass could fit into a page text without it seeming to be an overloaded information dump.

Most of those who perished on the Wilhelm Gustloff were women and children and thus seem to be belong in this category. Grass has found a way to break the silence. The history of the Gustloff was fascinating and truly tragic, the complexity of German perceptions of its own past, and the dearth of comfortable answers make this book worth your time, even if it starts a little hrass.

So many connections are made to create a sense of destiny and repetition. Or, to put it another way, lying to lots of people just got a whole lot easier. It was the worst loss at sea in history 1, went down on krebegang Titanickrebbsgang neither the Germans or Soviets were inclined to publicize it, either at the time or since. As Paul works his way around the story, his Internet research leads him to a neo-Nazi site that glorifies the ship and its namesake.

Tulla is short, thin, white-haired since the sinking of the ship, and attractive to men even into old age. What happened to Tulla from Langfuhr, her baby and her grandson, before, during and after the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff which sailed from Gotenhafen Gdynia in This short novel, published in mi Krebsgang”was his last work of fiction.

There were estimated to be approximately 1, survivors and so the losses lay somewhere between 5, and 9, Paul Pokriefke, a second-rate middle-aged journalist, born on one of the rescue ships at the time of the sinking, reluctantly takes on the “job”.

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