It was adapted into a 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 hospital during the years — Gifted with a piercing shriek that can shatter glass or be used as a weapon, Oskar declares himself to be one of those "clairaudient infants", whose "spiritual development is complete at birth and only needs to affirm itself". He retains the stature of a child while living through the beginning of World War II , several love affairs, and the world of postwar Europe. Through all this, a toy tin drum, the first of which he received as a present on his third birthday, followed by many replacement drums each time he wears one out from over-vigorous drumming, remains his treasured possession; he is willing to commit violence to retain it.

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Return to Book Page. En 'misdannelsesroman' er den blevet kaldt, for Oskar Matzerath er en outsider. Get A Copy. Published by Gyldendal first published More Details Original Title. Die Danziger Trilogie 1. Oskar Matzerath. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Bliktrommen , please sign up. I haven't read any Goethe or Rasputin. What am I missing? Alex Cole Goethe and Rasputin represent different angles of the German psyche - namely, Goethe represents Germany's literary and cultural past and the individua …more Goethe 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. Joan McConnell Yes, it is; I just checked.

Perhaps you have already found it. See 2 questions about Bliktrommen…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Bliktrommen. Readers also enjoyed. Since , 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" , a key text in European magic realism. Grass was raised a Catholic. He has one sister, who was born in Grass attended the Danzig Gymnasium Conradinum. He volunteered for submarine service with the Kriegsmarine "to get out of the confinement he felt as a teenager in his parents' house" which he considered - in a very negative way - civic Catholic lower middle class.

In he became a Luftwaffenhelfer, then he was drafted into the Reichsarbeitsdienst, and in November , shortly after his seventeenth birthday, into the Waffen-SS. In and he worked in a mine and received a stonemason's education. He also worked as an author and traveled frequently.

He married in and since lived in Berlin as well as part-time in Schleswig-Holstein. Divorced in , he remarried in During the German unification process in he argued for separation of the two states, because he thought a unified Germany would resume its past aggression. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in In , Grass caused controversy with his disclosure of his Waffen-SS service during the final months of World War II, which he had kept a secret until publishing his memoir that year.

He was Other books in the series. Die Danziger Trilogie 3 books. Related Articles. Instead, due to the global pandemic, the Brooklyn-based auth Read more Trivia About The Tin Drum.

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