New York: Pantheon Books / Helen and Kurt Wolff, 1975/1987.
Hardcover. 9 1/2" X 6 1/2". 1030pp.; 8 1/2" X 5 3/4". xiii, 289pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of pictorial paper wraps. Light rubbing and creasing to covers and edges of unclipped dust jacket. The Danzig Trilogy is bound in red cloth over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Previous owner's stamp to front free endpapers of both volumes. Pages are clean and unmarked. Bindings are sound. A presentable two-volume collection of Gunter Grass' Danzig Trilogy and a literary study of that trilogy.
ABOUT THE DANZIG TRILOGY:
The Tin Drum
Acclaimed as the greatest German novel written since the end of World War II, The Tin Drum is the autobiography of thirty-year-old Oskar Matzerath, who has lived through the long Nazi nightmare and who, as the novel begins, is being held in a mental institution. Willfully stunting his growth at three feet for many years, wielding his tin drum and piercing scream as anarchistic weapons, he provides a profound yet hilarious perspective on both German history and the human condition of the modern world.
Cat and Mouse
The provocative story centers on the narrator's vivid recollection of a boyhood scene in which a black cat is provoked to pounce on his friend Mahlke's "mouse"--his prominent Adam's apple. This incident sets off a wild series of utterly "Grassian" events that ultimately leads to Mahlke's becoming a national hero. Because of Grass's singular storytelling virtuosity, ICat and Mouse/I is marvelously entertaining, powerful, and full of funny episodes.
In this vast novel, packed with incident, Günter Grass traces the dark labyrinth of the German mentality as it developed during the rise, fall, and aftermath of the Third Reich.(Publisher)
ABOUT A STUDY OF THE DANZIG TRILOGY:
A critical examination of Grass's work offers overwhelming evidence that Cat and Mouse and Dog Years are part of a unified structure begun by The Tin Drum and that they continue to explore the same key figures, themes, and symbols.(Publisher). Very good / Good +. Item #9289