The setting is Danzig during World War II. The narrator recalls a boyhood scene in which a black cat pounces on his friend Mahlke’s “mouse”-his prominent Adam’s apple. This incident sets off a wild series of events that ultimately leads to Mahlke’s becoming a national hero. Translated by Ralph Manheim. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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G?NTER GRASS was born in Danzig, Germany, in 1927. He is the widely acclaimed author of numerous books, including The Tin Drum, My Century, Crabwalk, and Peeling the Onion. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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Book Description Harcourt, Inc., 1991. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "'Gunter Grass' second novel is quite different in character from The Tin Drum." less of a showcase for an obstreperous talent (although there are still scenes of caricature and occasional scabrous humor), it is a more controlled book and far more internalized. This time the German-realist-surrealist, while again using many symbolic allusions, has subdued some of the abstractions, some of the elements of the absurd. The latter is chiefly apparent in the physical disfigurement of the central character which again singularizes him: the demonic Oskar Matzerath was a dwarf; now it is the protuberant Adam's apple which jumps conspicuously like a mouse, the neck of Mahlke whose story is told by his friend Pilenz. Both boys grow up together in a small Danzig town and the always solicitous, increasingly admiring Pilenz follows Mahlke, in a sense an unlikely hero, odd, quiet, solemn, devout, as he performs his amazing feats. These extend from the childish games, when- as an underwater diver- he brings up trophies from a sunken minesweeper in the bay, to the atrocities of war and his spectacular performance in action. Little by little, however, there is the erosion of the individual by the system and Mahlke, the "mouse", the "clown", but most of all the "redeemer" with his resounding faith, goes deliberately to his death. It is the gesture of the individual against the philistinism which has always dominated German life and which was so much a part of the earlier book. A tantalizing, eloquent, strange and strangely moving book, filled with remarkable scenes, a tragi-comic vitality and a transcendental vision. ". Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0156155516
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Book Description Harcourt, San Diego, CA, 1991. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. Reprint. 5.25x8. Second book in The Danzig Trilogy. When Guenter Grass was young, Danzig was a German city surrounded by Poland. In this setting, Grass had a young friend Mahlke, whose Adam's Apple was a target for a Black cat. ".marvelously entertaining, powerful, and full of funny episodes." but it it is also about the "survival of individual human qualities in this age of wars and state-directed politics." Current printing of English translation first published in 1963. 189 pages. Published @ $13.00. Bookseller Inventory # 016428
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Book Description Cengage Learning EMEA, United Kingdom, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Harvest/HBJ ed.. 201 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.The provocative story centers on the narrator s vivid recollection of a boyhood scene in which a black cat is provoked to pounce on his friend Mahlke s mouse --his prominent Adam s apple. This incident sets off a wild series of utterly Grassian events that ultimately leads to Mahlke s becoming a national hero. Because of Grass s singular storytelling virtuosity, Cat and Mouse is marvelously entertaining, powerful, and full of funny episodes. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780156155519
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