The Call of the Toad
ISBN: 0156153408
EAN13: 9780156153409
Language: English
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Mariner Books
Book Overview
A German art historian and a Polish art restorer find adventure and love in the cemetery business. Their vision is to offer plots in Gdansk to those Germans who had been exiled after World War II. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Line drawings by the Author. Translated by Ralph Manheim. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover The author of The Tin Drum is back in Danzig with The Call of the Toad, a poignant, irreverent, funny novel about two people who find adventure in love and business. The love is late middle-aged; the business is the cemetery business. The couple's vision is to offer plots in Gdansk to those Germans who had been exiled after World War II. He, the German, will provide not only the bodies but cash and know-how; she, the Pole, will provide the human warmth and political fervor. Gunter Grass tells a tale of capitalism taken to absurd extremes as he skewers both the German and the Polish characters, past, present, and future - with the style, tenderness, and baroque inventiveness that have made him famous.