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The Tin Drum

(Die Danziger Trilogie #1)

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This postwar classic offers a profound yet humorous perspective on both German history and the human condition in the modern world.
Paperback, 592 pages
Published May 12th 1980 by Vintage (first published 1959)
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Alex Cole Goethe and Rasputin represent different angles of the German psyche - namely, Goethe represents Germany's literary and cultural past and the…moreGoethe and Rasputin represent different angles of the German psyche - namely, Goethe represents Germany's literary and cultural past and the individuated "reason" of Apollonian art. Rasputin represents the need for Dionysian communitarian intoxication underlying the deeply individualistic petit bourgeoisie society of pre-war Danzig. Both figures drive "history" in the carousel of Oskar's fever-dream, culminating in a sense of historical non-consciousness or nihilistic empty time to use the language of Walter Benjamin.

I should note, too, the Apollonian-Dionysian distinction is itself a German invention, finding its origins in the early writings of Friedrich Nietzsche.(less)

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Apr 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Your [intellectual] inner beast.
I had an intense reaction to this book. I friggin hated it. Or, rather, I loved to hate it, while I was reading it. It was an assignment in a Postmodern Lit. class, and everyone in the class liked the protagonist but me. I thought he was awful. I couldn't believe they enjoyed him, much less admitted to enjoying him. But some part of me must have understood.

...That was the point. This is a story I felt in my stomach. It was so full of perversion, of the grotesque, and I was 20 and a "good girl" a
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Μαγικός ρεαλισμός προσδοκιών ή ρεαλιστική μαγεία συνείδησης, όπως και να το χαρακτηρίσω αυτό το ταμπούρλο... χτυπούσε και θα χτυπάει πάντα τον ρυθμό της ιστορίας.

Αυτό το ταμπούρλο παίζει μελωδίες, τις μελωδίες του κόσμου. Με ποικιλία ρυθμική μας βάζει στο χορό της προπολεμικής Πολωνίας και Γερμανίας.
Στην ζωή των ανθρώπων που δέχτηκαν την άνοδο του Χίτλερ, το αίμα της ήττας της Πολωνίας, την εισβολή των ναζί στην Ευρώπη και το χτίσιμο του τείχους που χώρισε αδίστακτα την ανθρωπότητα σε ανατολικ
Ahmad Sharabiani
462. Die Blechtrommel = The Tin Drum, Günter Grass
The Tin Drum (German: Die Blechtrommel) is a 1959 novel by Günter Grass. The novel is the first book of Grass's Danziger Trilogie (Danzig Trilogy) and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. It was adapted into a 1979 film, which won both the Palme d'Or, in the same year, and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film the following year. The story revolves around the life of Oskar Matzerath, as narrated by himself when confined in a mental
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طبل الصفيح؛ تعدد السرد وطرح التساؤلات.. قراءة في رواية غونتر غراص : طبل الصفيح Die Blechtrommel - Günter Grass
نص المادة مختصر قمت بنشره على موقع إنكتاب وقد وضعت رابطة بصفحتي على تويتر، وأنشره هنا الأن

قيمة هذه العمل تكمن في صدقه تجاه الإنسان. وعندما منحت نوبل غراس كان تعلم إن الإنسان أحتل شأنًا مقدسًا في كتباته..

من واقع خبرة قرائية طويلة هذا العمل منهك للقارئ المحترف. سوف أتفهم من يقرأ الورقات الأولى ويتوقف عن العمل ليس لمللٍ قد يعتريه بقدر الجهد المضني الذي يتطلبه قراءة هذا النص المعقد والذي حب
Jr Bacdayan
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heil, Oskar Koljaiczek Matzerath-Bronski! The drummer! The magical three-year-old! The hunchback! The Jesus! The Satan! The Goethe! The Rasputin! The arsonist reincarnate! The student! The destroyer of glass! The tempter! The Skat ace! The bane of propaganda assemblies! The war veteran! The Catholic! The disciple maker! The choir boy! The fizz blower! The father! The prodigal son! The entertainer! The tombstone engraver! The art model! The devotee of nurses! The jazz musician! The star! The love ...more
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My reaction to finishing this book was 'thank god that's over'. I thought it was interesting in the abstract, but at times I couldn't stand reading it. The unreliable main character Oskar, decides to stop growing at the age of three . He refuses to speak, and communicates by banging on his titular drum. I gather this is supposed to reflect German societies refusal to accept the realities of the rise of Nazism and their complicity in it. But I don't really care. My problem with the book wasn't th ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those books you read and remember them after years of reading masses of other books. A masterpiece...

Re-visit 2015: Günter Grass, Nobel-winning German novelist, dies aged 87

Description: Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive
مروان البلوشي

ألمانيا، الأرض التي تصارعت عليها بكل قوة وعنف وحيوية مختلف تيارات وأهواء الثقافة الغربية والعالمية، الأرض التي جمعت بين دقة وبرود العقل وأشواق الروح الإنسانية (اعتذر عن هذا الكليشيه الرخيص)، هذه الأرض وجدت نفسها مدمرة تماماً بعد نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية مادياً وروحياً.
مادياً: فقدت ألمانيا بنيتها التحتية والصناعية التي كانت الأفضل في أوروبا قبل الحرب، روحياً شعر الألمان انهم فقدوا بوصلتهم الأخلاقية والنفسية. وهل كان هناك أي معنى روحاني أو أخلاقي للحياة من بعد: الهولوكوست، من بعد مقتل 8 ملايين
Sidharth Vardhan
Onions and Potatos

In the very first chapter, I was reminded of Midnight Children because of Oscar's conversational tone of narrative - same as that of Saleem Shinai. Once MC was in my mind couldn't help locating similarities - both narrators start their stories with first meeting of their maternal grandparents, both like talking about sex, both of them feel need to hide from world (Oskar in grandmother's skirts, Shinai in londery box) etc. Still there are enough differences, MC is more magic
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jeb by: Nathan, 'A Novel Idea' bookclub
Shelves: favorites
The plot, characters, and setting are all top-notch, but what makes Drum a stellar read is its tone. A reviewer might have described it as 'sardonically irreverant' had not Waiting for Guffman been the source of the phrase. Dripping with arrogance and wit against a macabre backdrop, The Tin Drum follows our sturdy-at-three-feet protagonist Oskar from his vivid recollections of his own birth through Hitler's occupations of Danzig, DE and Oskar's familial Poland through many other no doubt excitin ...more
"Granted: I'm an inmate in a mental institution."

This opening line prepared me only a little to what was to come: a challenging, weird, unbelievable and extraordinary story.
Oskar's drums and his drumming may still "haunt" me for some time after finishing his story. I am lost for more words here but one: recommended!
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر،این داستانِ جذاب، از زبانِ پسر بچه ای آلمانی به نامِ <اسکار> روایت میشود که علاقهٔ شدیدی به طبل زدن دارد و از سه سالگی به بعد، کوتوله قد مانده است و از نظر جسمانی رشد نکرده است
از داستان مادربزرگ و تولدِ مادر او که بگذریم.. به آنجا میرسیم که در داستان مشخص نیست که پدر واقعی این پسرک چه کسی میباشد، چراکه مادرش از طرفی با پسر عمهٔ خود یعنی یان برونسکی که لهستانی میباشد، رابطه دارد و از سوی دیگر با مردی به نامِ آلفرد ماتزارات ارتباط دارد.. امّا از آنجایی که مادر ا
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny, Brechtian Story of a Murderous Dwarf who is a Genius Drummer

This is a tough book to review.

The story uses Brecht's concept of distancing to keep us from identifying with the characters.

The tale takes place in Germany and Poland, before, during, and after World War II.

The main character and narrator is Oskar Matzerath, a dwarf (and later on, a hunchbacked dwarf), who develops a precocious genius for drumming as a toddler. His parents supply him with toy tin drums (which he wears out with h
Elie F
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
Painful because what is presented as entertainment is actually crime. Disturbing because what is responded by laughter should be responded by tears. This is a world unaware of its crime, and in the aftermath of the atrocity unable to mourn.
There are a lot of brilliant use of symbolisms. The one that stuck with me the most is the peep hole Bruno used to observe Oskar which resembles the peep hole equipped in gas chamber to observe the struggle of the dying.
To end with a quote: "Our kind has no
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The most remarkable thing that strikes one about The Tin Drum is an absence. For a novel that so famously deals with Germany's war guilt, there is remarkably little about the war in the novel.

I don't mean to say that the novel does not touch on or talk about World War II. Of course it does. There is, after all, two whole chapters dealing with the German invasion of Poland, for example, where Oskar, Jan Bronski, and a dying man play a game of cards at the Polish Post Off
I knew this book is good, but I had no idea it were that good.

The novel that is not novel

On the surface, this is a fairly simple, easy to read book. It's the first novel by Günter Grass and it was published in 1959. You would think an author of this caliber would produce something that has a sophisticated (or should I say complicated?) style, something awesome, something the literary world would have a hard time explaining. But — he didn't. Grass obviously wasn't very fond of this. Right at the
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تنبيه: فيما يأتي كشف لأحداث الرواية.

الطبل الصفيح

قرأت الرواية ومن ثم شاهدت الفيلم الألماني الذي صنع منها سنة 1979 م، وحاز على أوسكار أفضل فيلم أجنبي، وقام بدور أوسكار فيه (دايفد بينيت) وأخرجه المخرج الألماني فولكر شلوندرف، فلذا سأتحدث عن الرواية والفيلم معا ً.

في البداية علي أن أعترف بأن القراءة لغونتر غراس متعبة، فخلاف أن الرواية تتمدد في نسختها العربية على 687 صفحة، تندر فيها الحوارات، وهذا يعني بنيان متراص يرويه لنا بأسلوبين (أوسكار ماتسرات) بطل الرواية وصاحب الطبول الصفيحية – لم يكن طبلا ً و
Era uma vez um país chamado Polónia que foi invadido durante uma Guerra chamada de Segunda Mundial.
Era uma vez um país chamado Alemanha que recuperava de uma Guerra.
Era uma vez um tambor de lata tocado por um menino chamado Oskar que cresceu, anão e corcunda, e se tornou um músico famoso.
Era uma vez um enfermeiro de um hospício chamado Bruno que cuidava e ouvia a história de Oskar.
Era uma vez uma mulher chamada Anna que escondeu debaixo de quatro saias um fugitivo e nove meses depois nasceu Agne
Michael Finocchiaro
One crazy ride. Oskar is unlike any other character you will ever read about besides maybe Tyrion Lannister maybe. The book is a comic masterpiece, a fanciful rendering of Germany during the war and after. It is part vaudeville, part absurd, part insane and like nearly all great literature impossible to classify. The movie was also unbelievably great. If you want to read one book by this Nobel laureate, I would suggest starting here - you will have a hard time putting in down. I think that it wo ...more
“Se Apollo aspirava all’armonia e Dioniso all’ebbrezza e al caos, Oskar era un piccolo semidio che portava l’armonia nel caos e la ragione nell’ebbrezza”

Con grande piacere dichiaro terminata questa sfiancante lettura.
Ci sono stati momenti che avrei voluto gridare sperando di trovare in me una tonalità “libricida”.
Un fiume di parole e di scene assurde.
I passaggi, continui e repentini (sovente all’interno della stessa frase!), dalla prima alla terza persona rendono Oskar voce narrante e, al
Camille Stein
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Qué más diré? Nací bajo bombillas, interrumpí deliberadamente el crecimiento a los tres años, recibí un tambor, rompí vidrio con la voz, olfateé vainilla, tosí en iglesias, nutrí a Lucía, observé hormigas, decidí crecer, enterré el tambor, huí a Occidente, perdí el Oriente, aprendí el oficio de marmolista, posé como modelo, volví al tambor e inspeccioné cemento, gané dinero y guardé un dedo, regalé el dedo y huí riendo; ascendí, fui detenido, condenado, internado, saldré absuelto; y hoy celebro ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classici
Romanzo visionario, sempre in bilico tra realtà e allucinazione, sgradevole, complesso. Pesa sul lettore un senso di oppressione e di angoscia, un disgusto di fondo dovuto alle immagini forti e ai dettagli che Oskar il tamburino descrive con maniacale precisione di quanto accade dentro e fuori di lui, da prima che venisse al mondo, dalla fine del 1800, fino al compimento dei suoi 30 anni, nel 1954. Tutto nasce da sotto le quattro gonne di nonna Koljaiczek, la Grande Madre, seduta nei campi di pa ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny I missed rating and reviewing this jewel. This is the lodestar, the mandrake root, the intrepid ooze making friends in the lukewarm pools of primeval poetry. This was the point of departure. A hallowed book I finished in a laundromat. I almost can't remember my reading life before wee Oskar. Eels, fizz, post offices, onions and Dusters have littered my imagination seemingly forever. I wanted to read the new translation and likely will someday. My memories of my own grandmother now smell li ...more
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

دهاء الحبكة هنا يستحق تقييم عالٍ ولكن أين هي الحبكة تحديدًا لنبدأ في تفهمها؟ أعتقد أن كل من قيّم الرواية سأل نفسه هذا السؤال! من أين نفهم غراس؟ فالقدرة على قراءة هذه الرواية ..و ليس القدرة على كتابتها هو ما يستحق جائزة نوبل فهي لم تكن هينة أبدًا نظرًا لمعايير مؤلفها الألماني غونتر غراس الذي فخّخ العمل بمعانٍ كبيرة و بأجزاء سحرية و مقومات ملعونة من المستحيل ألا تكره أحدها على الأقل، لعله فعلاً برهن عن عظمته بطريقته ! أثار استغرابي كيف كادت تكون تعجيزية بالنسبة لي رغم أني قد شاهدت الفيلم المأخوذ ع
Emil  Astalus
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
"What more shall I say: born under light bulbs, deliberately stopped growing at age of three, given drum, sang glass to pieces, smelled vanilla, coughed in churches, observed ants, decided to grow, buried drum, emigrated to the West, lost the East, learned stonecutter's trade, worked as model, started drumming again, visited concrete, made money, kept finger, gave finger away, fled laughing, rode up escalator, arrested, convicted, sent to mental hospital, soon to be acquitted, celebrating this d ...more
Issa Deerbany
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-winners
من الروائع التي قرأتها
أوسكار الذي يتوقف نومه عند عمر ثلاث سنوات ، لا يريد ان يدخل الى عالم الكبار يتمرد على مجتمعه وعائلته وتصرفاتها. أوسكار الذي تلقى طبله الاول ويتوقف نموه في نفس اليوم.
٩٤ سم طوله وإجابته الوحيدة كانت بطلبه والدفاع عن نفسه بصوته الخارق كاسر الزجاج .
الرواية بالاضافة الى انها طويلة وأسلوب السرد المتبع في هذه الرواية فهي مليئة بالتفاصيل والتفاصيل الدقيقة جدا.
أوسكار الذي أهل أمه بولنديين وأهل ابيه ألمان. يتابع حياة طفولته يراقب ويسرد ويعلن تمرده عن طريق طبله واستغلال صوته بالدفاع
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wie gerne hätte ich diesem Klassiker die volle Sternenzahl gegeben und ihn zu einem meiner Lieblingsbüchern erklärt. Nach zwei Dritteln sah es noch absolut danach aus, doch der dritte und letzte Teil ließ einen Schatten über das ganze Werk fallen. Ich bewerte daher die Teile einzeln: 1. und 2. Teil in Danzig: jeweils 5 Sterne. Der 3. Teil in Düsseldorf: 2 Sterne. Ergibt die mathematischen 4 Sterne.

Ich will in meiner Rezension gar nicht groß auf den letzten Teil eingehen. Meiner Ansicht nach hät
Czarny Pies
Gunter Grass is the only winner of the Nobel Prize able to speak Kaszub a weird Slavic language still spoken in the area of Danzig. Perhaps realizing that he spoke a language that belonged to the world of myth and magic but not to his own century, Grass decided to convert his experiences into a twentieth century fairy tale.

The hero Little Oskar is a boy born in the Free City of Danzig, a state that was created by the 1919 Treaty of Paris and liquidated by the Germans in September 1939. Little Os
Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, with enthusiasm
Recommended to Maureen by: Tom Carson
Shelves: anti-war, novel
The world portrayed in The Tin Drum is brutal and harsh, and, at the same time freakishly strange. There is an aspect to violence that disconnects from everyday reality. In this book, seen through the eyes of its diminutive hero, it becomes downright surreal. Though the tone may be fantastic, Grass does a better job of capturing life under Nazi rule than anything else I have ever read. Even in translation, his language is dazzling, and one thing is certain: after reading what happens at the end ...more
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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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“Granted: I AM an inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there's a peep-hole in the door, and my keeper's eye is the shade of brown that can never see through a blue-eyed type like me.” 48 likes
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