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The Tin Drum In Retrospect

Günter Grass

Translated by Ralph Manheim

'With the baggage of stored-up material, vague plans and precise ambitions - I wanted to write my novel and Anna was looking for more rigorous ballet training - we left Berlin early in 1956 and, penniless but undaunted, went to Paris.'

Günter Grass

Günter Grass (1927-2015) was a German novelist, poet, and playwright. His novels include The Danzig Trilogy (comprising The Tin Drum, Cat and Mouse and Dog Years), The Call of the Toad and The Flounder. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.

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Translated by Ralph Manheim

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