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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
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
Farzin Takyar
Jul 14, 2007 Farzin Takyar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Mike Robbins
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 ...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
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
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

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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Erma Odrach

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
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
Czarny Pies
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 boa) 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 is ...more
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
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."

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.
great first half... not sure how to take the second half. this book seems all about overstated importance, to me, as i will write in my boring essay about it. first, everyone overestimates gustloff's (the person's) importance: one of many landesgruppenleiters, a functionary; becomes eminent martyr just because he's shot as the first big nazi a young jewish lad can find to kill. even gets the huge ship named after him when it was to be named after hitler. konrad in especially inflates his importa ...more
Grass uses this novel as a vehicle to tell the story of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the Kraft Durch Freude cruise ship that sank in 1945, taking some 9000 people with it to the bottom of the Baltic sea. While the biggest naval tragedy so far, it's unknown or long forgotten.
As one might expect, Grass pulls it of rather well, showing that even at a respectable age, his prose is way above average, showing no signs of wear.
Still, I cannot help but feel that the whole thing is a bit forced. Paul or Konrad
A wonderful study of various characters wihtout a hero figure and in absence of any black and white thinking. Maybe a tad too pessimistic in the end, but still one of the best post-war German novels I know.
Excellent. Reminds me a little of Kundera in the way the author feels so comfortable allowing his story to ramble; not at all worried how it will ultimately turn out....
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Günter Wilhelm Grass was a Nobel Prize-winning German author and playwright.
He was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). Since 1945, he has lived in West Germany (now Germany), but in his fiction he frequently returns to the Danzig of his childhood.
He is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum, a key text in European magic realism. His works frequently have a strong left wing,
More about Günter Grass...
The Tin Drum Cat and Mouse (The Danzig Trilogy, #2) Dog Years (The Danzig Trilogy, #3) The Flounder Peeling the Onion

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