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The way he builds the characters gradually is quite artistic. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Gustloff story could support a much bigger and better book than this.

The question is what to make of it all. The two eventually meet in SchwerinKonny’s and Gustloff’s hometown. Taken together, the mass flight and expulsions amounted to the single largest known migration over a short period of time.

Jul 14, Farzin Takyar rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Sprachlich habe ich es genossen. 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.

He may well have known some of the people who disappeared into the Baltic’s deathly cold waters. In this book, both the language and the imagery do kgebsgang present any difficulty for the reader. Von der Thematik her, ein sehr interessantes Buch. The narrator is a man who was born on the ship as it was sinking, or on the u-boat that rescued krebsgajg pregnant mother, one of the more fascinating characters one can read about in any book. Meantime Konrad argues with another young man in a chatroom devoted to the disaster, making anti-Semitic comments.

The outcome is a description of historical characters like Wilhelm Gustloff, the Nazi activist, David Frankfurter, the German Jew who killed him inand Alexandr Marinesko, the submarine captain who sank the vessel, interwoven with Paul’s and his family’s life, from then to now. But a Jewish boy enters his chatroom, and starts to argue with him. Even in the wake of his passing away, Crabwalk is also one of the freshest books to have been published in this new millennium.


What makes Im Krebsgang different is the episode of German history he revisits, the fate of the Eastern refugees. But Germans themselves certainly do, and it has become a political football, with right-wing gfass claiming the disaster as a war crime.

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View all 5 comments. In addition there were U boat crew members, naval women and Croatian volunteers- a mixture then of civilian and naval personnel lying somewhere between 6, and 10, He’s pressured into it by the major background player, Grass himself. The first of the three historical characters is the man who gave his name to the ship. Beide leider aktuell und krebsang.

David Blackbourn reviews ‘Im Krebsgang’ by Günter Grass · LRB 27 June

It is a well-told, gripping story, short on moralizing but with an unmistakable message that is stated by the Grass figure: When Paul does not write about his fate, predestined by his birth on the sinking ship, Tulla projects all her hopes on her grandson Konrad whose parents are divorced.

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 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 Grass’s many-layered telling includes the back story of the ship and its namesake, a martyred Nazi functionary; the assassin, a Jewish medical student who killed Gustloff in Switzerland in ; the Russian submarine commander; and more.

The narrator is keen to show a rounded and unpartisan version of events and his agenda to give weight to all three menWilhelm Gustloff, David Frankfurter and the captain of the Russian submarine which torpedoes the ship, Alexander Marinesko, is an exploration of this possibility. I have the feeling that most Germans accept the fact that they lost the war and that they have to endorse the winners version of what happened; that is to say that they must periodically beat themselves on the breast for their sins and not trouble others with stories about how they suffered too.


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, One of my concerns on rereading was whether the novel would stand a second reading: You learn about the biggest maritime disaster, which is the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff.

For me, the main message of the book was to talk more open about the history so that we can prevent crimes motivated by right wing radicalism.

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But this question is not of course just relevant to one family, but to a whole generation. Winner of the Nobel Prize The narrator is horrified to discover that the site is being run by his son, Konrad.

This was the first work of Grass I’ve ever read. By he frass also become leader of the National Socialist movement in Switzerland, whose five thousand German and Austrian members he organised with great efficiency. This is the historical event around which Grass’s fictional narrator crabwalks.