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30 января 1945 года подводная лодка С-13 под командованием Александра Маринеско потопила немецкий суперлайнер "Вильгельм Густлофф", на борту которого находилось около десяти тысяч человек.
Спасти удалось немногих... но достоверно известно, что одна из спасенных родила сына ровно через два часа после гибели "Вильгельма Густлоффа"...
Так начинается эта история.
История Вильгель
288 pages
Published 2004 (first published 2002)
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R.I.P. Günter Grass (1927-2015)

, by Günter Grass

Günter Grass' Im Krebsgang appeared in 2002, a late work, but one of the best Grass ever wrote.

The "incident" at the center of this book is not well known - I learned about it only recently in the pages of Max Hastings' excellent Armageddon, The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945. In late January, 1945, the six million man Red Army had finally pushed the Axis armies into Germany, and looting, burning, rape and murder were the payback for years
Friederike Knabe
Oct 17, 2012 Friederike Knabe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit
The events surrounding the biggest naval disaster in history and its tragic outcome are not an easy topic to bring to the attention of the reader of fifty-some years later. "Why only now?" is a good question and one that starts CRABWALK. The Wilhelm Gustloff, a "Strength through Joy" cruise ship turned refugee carrier, sank after a Soviet submarine attack on January 30 1945 leading to the death of more than 9,000 people, half of them children and infants. Although the details of the sinking have ...more
Mike Robbins
Dec 30, 2015 Mike Robbins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wartime
I suspect that most people who read this book in English do so because it’s by Grass, and know nothing of the Wilhelm Gustloff, or the polemic of which this book was part. I’m the other way round; I happened to be interested in the Gustloff. Were it not for that, I would probably not have read this book.

If I had, I don’t think I would have understood it, and it wouldn’t have grabbed me the way it has. I doubt if it’s Grass’s best as literature. The characters, though well-drawn, are unattractiv
Farzin Takyar
Jul 14, 2007 Farzin Takyar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in not-simple stories!
It took me nearly ten days to read this not-too-long book. It was intentional. I think each and every sentence of the book is there for some reason, although I could not get the reason to some!

The story revolves around a silly happening in today's world where the Internet exists and is a common modality for communication. The happening is simple when you get it , but getting it is not so simple! The writer himself claims in one of the beginning pages that he is going to narrate in a manner that
Nov 19, 2013 Lobstergirl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

Grass's novel is about the deadliest marine disaster in history, but few have ever heard of it. In January 1945, a cruise ship which had been reconfigured to transport German refugees, the Wilhelm Gustloff, was sunk by a Soviet submarine in icy Baltic waters. More than 9,000 German refugees died, about 5,000 of them children. 1,252 were rescued and survived. (By comparison, about 1,500 people died on the Titanic.) Germany apparently tried to keep the disaster under wraps so as not to demoralize
Jul 05, 2015 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Günter Grass, the Nobel laureate and brilliant chronicler of Germany's tortured relationship to its past, died in April 2015. This short novel, published in 2002 ("Im Krebsgang"), was his last work of fiction. Its narrator tells his story by sidling up to the historical event at its core, then scuttling back, crablike, then approaching it again. And in this way we gradually move forward.

On January 30, 1945, a Russian submarine fired three torpedoes at the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, a passenger ship
Nov 23, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 1945. This is naturally very Günter: crabwalks at every turn, circular, sideways, diversions and detours, with such a light and devastating touch ('a small eternity later...'). Some find him impossible to read but for me his work is genius, the mature and serious way to do history and its current impact in fiction, ie not alternati ...more
Friederike Knabe
The events surrounding the biggest naval disaster in history and its tragic outcome are not an easy topic to bring to the attention of the reader of fifty-some years later. "Why only now?" is a good question and one that starts IM KREBSGANG. The Wilhelm Gustloff, a "Strength through Joy" cruise ship turned refugee carrier, sank after a Soviet submarine attack on January 30 1945 leading to the death of more than 9,000 people, half of them children and infants. Although the details of the sinking ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Най-голямата морска катастрофа ще отбележи на 30.01.2015 г. тъжната си 70-годишнина. За съжаление първоначално около потапянето на "Вилхелм Густлов" се пази политически коректно мълчание, след това остава и извън полезрението на холивудските машини за слава.

Извън различните и нееднозначни публикации по-сериозно внимание й обръща само Гюнтер Грас с "Рачешката". Той обаче, макар и Нобелов лауреат, е само почти гений, малко труден за масово четене и асимилиране и доста труден за филмиране (и до не
Robert Wechsler
Apr 21, 2015 Robert Wechsler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit
What makes this novel special is how the narrator’s “crablike” telling of the story allows all moments of his life (and relevant events shortly before his life) to be presented simultaneously, sometimes in single sentences. Unfortunately, as the novel progresses, this approach turns into the usual wandering through time that authors use to withhold information and add a level of “literary” complexity to their work (and then the crabwalk approach ends). Also, in the final third or so of the novel ...more
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Joshua Rigsby
This is a story of Germany's struggle to understand its fractious and uncomfortable past. The author follows several threads of his story displaced in time, sometimes moving forward sometimes backward, the way a crab approaches an object sideways.

I found the novelty of the anti-chronological organization far less interesting than the historical event that underpins all the characters' lives: the sinking of the transport ship the Wilhelm Gustloff, the greatest maritime disaster in history.

The f
Jan 25, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first I've read by Gunther Grass, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Grass is struggling with the collective guilt of the German people. The narrator of the story is a hack journalist who is reluctantly drawn into researching the unusual circumstances of his birth, In a lifeboat, after the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by a Russian sub in 1945.
It's cunningly written. Paul Pokriefke, the journalist, doesn't want to know about the past, and is almost vitriolic about his mother,
Jun 21, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, german
It doesn't end. Never will it end.

The narrator was born on a sinking ship, came out at the same time it went down. Had no clue who his father was. Started in East Germany moved to the west but never amounted to much. Loser.

However, the novel is a winner. It plays with story telling and history / myth making. The story of the sinking is drawn from several sources and the author masterfully interweaves this and the side stories.

Its much more than a story of a sinking ship as the issues of patern
May 02, 2015 Albertine67 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It takes as its base the true story of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a refugee carrier sunk by a Soviet submarine in January 1945. 9000 people, mostly women and children, were killed (as the narrator says, "an embarrassingly high number of men survived" - ie the captains and crews, and troops which were also traveling on the ship). It remains the deadliest maritime disaster of all time, but virtually unknown and never spoken about in Germany, so a perfect vehicle for Grass to use to explo ...more
Klaus Metzger
Apr 20, 2015 Klaus Metzger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Die Novelle beschreibt die dramatische Geschichte vom Untergang der "Wilhelm Gustloff" im Januar 1945 und seine Auswirkungen bis in die deutsche Gegenwart.
Ein Leben Voller Abenteuer Reisen Meiner Jugend by Klaus Metzger
Meine eigene Biographie ist eng mit dem Untergang der Gustloff verbunden. Als drei Monate altes Baby sollte ich mit meiner Mutter aus Danzig mit diesem Schiff nach Dänemark gebracht werden. Es gab aber auf der Gustloff keine freien Plätze mehr für uns. Wir wurden zehn Tage später mit der TANGA nach Swinemünde gebracht, wo mein Vater sehnsücht
Nov 21, 2007 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Germans were victims too--a different perspective. You learn about the biggest maritime disaster, which is the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. In this book, the main characters which span three generations are directly/indirectly affected by this disaster.
Jenifer Kumfer
Im giving this a 3.5. True to the title of the book - it was a crabwalk of a story. Based loosely on historical facts mixed in with fictional main characters, overall, this was a great read. However, I found myself frustrated at the crabwalk of the story. Just when you started to get into a scene it would crabwalk to the next which left me scratching my head and discombobulated at times. After reading this book I then tried to find more information about the Gustlaff,it seemed that the informati ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Velvetink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tug lib throw out. .60cents
Apr 06, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*2,5 / 2,75 STERNE*
Was soll ich groß sagen? Ich musste das Buch für die Schule lesen und mir gefallen Schulbücher eher selten.
Ich fand die ersten 30 Seiten am schlimmsten, obwohl ich die ja schon einmal im Sommer gelesen habe und jetzt aber erneut von vorne beginnen musste, da ich damals abgebrochen habe. Beim zweiten Lesen der ersten 30 Seiten ging es allerdings deutlich schneller und leichter.
Auch wenn ich nur ziemlich langsam durch dieses Buch durchkam und die Sprache sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig
Czarny Pies
Dec 29, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit
Crabwalk is clearly not one of the better efforts by Gunter Grass whose Tin Drum is one of the great classics of 20th Century literature. This novel tells the story of the impact of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff (a boat carrying 5000 to 9000 refugees from East Prussia to Germany in January 1945) on three generations of a single family. One major character is a the narrator's mother who is on the Willhelm Gustloff when it is hit by three torpedos from a Russian submarine. The narrator who i ...more
مبارك الهاجري
لأول مرة أقرأ لغونتر غراس الكاتب الألماني الحائز على جائزة نوبل، وكانت هذه القراءة نتيجةً لإعلان أدبي جميل من إسكندر حبش في كتابه " حكاية الحكايات " حينما استعرض أبرز الروائيين في العصر الحالي وأبرز أعمالهم. لستُ كاذباً حينما أقول أنني أصبتُ بصداع جراء محاولة التركيز الجيد، وهو بطبيعته فوق أن يكون عادياً ودون أن يكون شديدياً، الكتابة عن التاريخ وسرد الأسماء الواقعة في عرض هذا التاريخ المكتوب قد يخلط على القارئ في البداية أحياناً خصوصاً إذا كانت طريقة الكاتب في سرده تنتهج ذلك الأسلوب الذي يحشر ال ...more
Erma Odrach
Aug 09, 2013 Erma Odrach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The premise of this book is the sinking of the German ship ‘Wilhelm Gustoloff’, carrying German evacuees from occupied Poland as the Soviets advanced in 1945. Traveling in the Baltic on its way to Germany, it was torpedoed by a Soviet submarine (under Captain Alexander Marinesko, who posthumously in 1990 received Hero of the Soviet Union), and over 9,000 people, mostly women and children, died. It was one of the most horrific maritime disasters ever.

The story begins when a woman gives birth to a
Aug 17, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally an unpleasant book, as intentioned, and is to be expected from a crab-like scuttle through multi-generational (neo)nazis obsessions surrounding the murder of a Nazis party leader in Switzerland, Wilhelm Gustloff, and the sinking of a German KdF ship sharing the same name.
Not a good morning metro read, since I don't like starting my mornings with *vivid* descriptions of a sinking ship and the surrounding death, the Gustloff-Frankfurter-Marinesko triptych, a spineless journalist, and hi
Banu Pluie
Kitap için Sevinç Coşkun'a çok teşekkürler ^^

Alexander bir liman kentinde büyümüş. Odesa’da Ruslar, Ukraynalılar, Rumenler, Yunanlar, Türkler, Ermeniler, Çingeneler ve Yahudiler iç içe yaşadığından çocuk pek çok dilin birbirine girmiş olduğu bir dil konuşuyormuş. Daha sonraları Rusça konuşmaya ne kadar çabaladıysa da Yiddiş sözcüklerle sulandırılmış Ukraynacasından babasının Rumence küfürleri ayıklamayı asla tam olarak başaramamış.


Hiç durakamadan suçunu itiraf etti. Bu yüzden duruşmanın heyec
Sebastian Partogi
(Third book in my bibliotherapy program)
This is the first time I open myself up to Gunter Grass' work, following a suggestion made by my mentor in journalism at The Jakarta Post, ibu Maggie Agusta. Grass is truly a brilliant writer, and in this book, he addresses the issue of rising neo-Nazi and right-wing sentiments in Germany, taking place in early 2000s, exploring how chat rooms and the internet add fuel to fire of fanaticism and unresolved historical grudge. I love how the writer is being ah
Oct 07, 2011 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult read, but a masterful blend of fact and fiction surrounding the worst maritime disaster in history, the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff in 1945 which resulted in the deaths of up to 9,000 people, including thousands of children. The book has an important message, too, so I was glad I made it to the end. I just wish it had been a more...enjoyable read. Oh well. Something may have gotten lost in translation.
Ira Therebel
In this book the author combines the historical events, the assassination of Wilhem Gustloff and the sinking of the ship named after him, with fictional characters both in the past and contemporary time to create a good novel with a message. The past revolves around the ship sinking during which the narrator was born, and the present concentrates on him discovering that his son became a neo-nazi.

One of the big topics of the book would be the German victims of the war. The ship sank 70 years ago
May 30, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've recently found myself preoccupied with pessimistic thoughts concerning our ability to learn from history. If you share these thoughts, and you would like to have them validated by a Nobel Prize winner, I recommend that you read this book tomorrow. The story has also made me consider the concept of entropy - in the figurative sense, of course.

"It doesn't end. Never will it end."

Apr 26, 2009 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read other Grass books that were really good - like The Tin Drum and Cat and Mouse. Very fantastical books with good humor. Crabwalk was almost a book that I didn't finish, because it was so mundane. But the actual story was kind of interesting, about a father lacking in paternal skills and his son who discreetly operates a Nazi-supporting blog.
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  • Mein Leben
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  • Transit
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Günter Wilhelm Grass was a Nobel Prize-winning German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, and sculptor.
He was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). Since 1945, he lived in West Germany, but in his fiction he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood. He always identified himself as a Kashubian.

He is best known for his first novel, "The Tin Drum" (1959)
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