Title: The Flounder
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York and London
Publication Date: 1978
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Navy cloth over boards with illustration blind-stamped on boards, silver lettering on spine; illustrated dust jacket; pp. [xii], 547. First edition stated. Signed by Grass on the title-page. Spine tips gently rubbed and faded; some faint foxing along top edge of text block. Dust jacket lightly creased along edges, with some light chipping and small closed tears at spine tips and corners. VG+ overall. An excellent copy. Bookseller Inventory # 7403
Synopsis: Gunter Grass, says The Times, 'is on his own as an artist', and indeed this extraordinary, provoking and joyously Rabelaisian celebration of life, food and sex is unique. Lifted from their ancient fairytale, the fisherman and his wife are still living today. During the months of Ilsebill's pregnancy, the fisherman tells her of his adventures through time with the Flounder, constituting a complete reworking of social, political and gastronomic history.
Product Description: It all begins in the Stone Age, when a talking fish is caught by a fisherman at the very spot where millennia later Grass's home town, Danzig, will arise. Like the fish, the fisherman is immortal, and down through the ages they move together. As Grass blends his ingredients into a powerful brew, he shows himself at the peak of his linguistic inventiveness. Translated by Ralph Manheim. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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