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The Flounder (Paperback, Reissue) Loot Price: R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 You Save: R36 (15%)
The Flounder (Paperback, Reissue): Gunter Grass
The Flounder (Paperback, Reissue): Gunter Grass

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The Flounder (Paperback, Reissue)

Gunter Grass; Translated by Ralph Manheim

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A whale of energy and ambition and playfulness and dullness and miscellany. A Grimm's fairytale - "The Fisherman's Wife" - inflated to bursting, the exploded pieces mixed in with such considerations as Freud's "What do women want?" and a "history of human nutrition." A football team of book, swarming everywhere. The narrator, so goes the central premise, has lived in every age, with a female at his side to cook for him and thus - with what she provides for his belly - she influences the course of civilization in one small section of Pomerania. As a Stone Age fisherman fishing on the banks of the Vistula, the narrator-Man - stands on the shore and has a flounder jump from the water into his arms; the fish begins to speak. If the fisherman spares him, the flounder will counsel men through the ages on how to break the thralldom they live in (in the Stone Age men are suckled by three-breasted women and kept totally passive). The flounder is spared, advice is regularly dispensed; but the men make a muck of it, turning initiative into aggressiveness, war, and pain. Distraught, the flounder waits until the 1970s, now jumps into a boat full of women's-libbers, and throws himself upon their mercy. They bring him up before a special Women's Tribunal for his crimes. Rabelaisian, political, historical, fantastical, fable-like: Grass lets his book be all of these. The stamina is exhilarating but a little daunting; though Ralph Manheim has done a medallion job of translation, the bulk and density can drown you. To Grass' credit, however, he's thrown himself totally into this novel (as he hasn't done in a while). Ambitious readers can plunge into this Hood-like phantasmagoria of the battle-of-the-sexes; all readers can stand on the shore and admire some of Grass' inventive ripples. (Kirkus Reviews)
Gunter Grass, says The Times, 'is on his own as an artist', and indeed this extraordinary, provoking and joyously Rabelaisian celebration of life, food and sex is unique. Lifted from their ancient fairytale, the fisherman and his wife are still living today. During the months of Ilsebill's pregnancy, the fisherman tells her of his adventures through time with the Flounder, constituting a complete reworking of social, political and gastronomic history.


Imprint: Vintage
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: July 1997
Authors: Gunter Grass
Translators: Ralph Manheim
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 34mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 560
Edition: Reissue
ISBN-13: 978-0-7493-9485-1
Barcode: 9780749394851
Subtitles: German
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-7493-9485-4

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