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Novemberland: Selected Poems, 1956-1993

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Before Gunter Grass's First Novel, The Tin Drum, received international acclaim as one of the most important postwar novels ever written, Grass was renowned in his native country for his poetry. Informed by the same baroque inventiveness and mordant wit that characterize such celebrated prose works as The Tin Drum, Cat and Mouse, Dog Years, and The Flounder, these poems de ...more
Hardcover, 163 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 1966)
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Florencia Brino
Dec 20, 2014 Florencia Brino rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who are not afraid of being swept away by symbolism
...mirrors play at being nature. (5)

Our city our city.
All scattered lies Berlin,
leans with its fire walls against winds...
(47)

For it was in this, ivy,
the growth rate of immortality,
that he surpassed us.
(67)

Some rational nonsense in his lines.
A wounded Germany in his heart.
A little humor.
A little tragedy.
Absorbing creativity.
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Two poems for a review:

Nursery Rhyme
Who laughs here, who has laughed?
Here we have ceased to laugh.
To laugh here now is treason.
The laugher has a reason.

Who weeps here, who
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Krzysztof
Largely inaccessible, yet I'd liked the poems in "The Rat." Maybe it's the translation? The context?
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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,
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The Tin Drum Cat and Mouse (The Danzig Trilogy, #2) Crabwalk Dog Years (The Danzig Trilogy, #3) The Flounder

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