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The German novelist's experiences campaigning for Willy Brandt provide a portrait of Grass the family man, writer, and concerned citizen, and a meditation on his nation's history and civilization's progress. Translated by Ralph Manheim. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book....

Title : From the Diary of a Snail
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ISBN : 9780156339506
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 310 Pages
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From the Diary of a Snail Reviews

  • Martin
    2019-04-08 00:33

    This publisher Vintage UK's blurb about this book:'Probably the most autobiographical of his novels, From The Diary Of A Snail was first published in 1972. It balances the agonising history of the persecuted Danzig Jews with an account of Grass's political campaigning with Willy Brandt. Underlying all is the snail, the central symbol that is both a model and a parody of social progress and a mysterious metaphor of social reform.'I should add that the actual novel is 285 pages long, followed by a 25-page essay titled On Stasis in Progress, of which I read only 2 pages before deciding I really didn't want to read the other 23.The parts of the book that deal with his campaigning with Willy Brandt are okay, but the main draw is the history of the persecuted Danzig Jews. Unfortunately, the campaigning and the history parts of the book are integrated in a sort of stream of consciousness narrative, peppered with dialogue with his four (then young) children. It's an interestingly structured book, novel in its approach (see what I did there?), but it won't appeal to everybody. Fans of Günter Grass or German history buffs are sure to get some satisfaction, however.

  • Marcella
    2019-03-26 17:36

    Grass verstand sein Handwerk, nämlich das der Wörter und Worte. Als großer Literat konnte er somit selbst einen 300 Seiten langen Bericht, der sich um einen echten Wahlkampf, eine wahre Geschichte, eine reale Tragödie, sowie zahlreiche fiktive Details inklusive der Biographie einer frei erfundenen Person so gestalten, dass man diesen in wenigen Tagen ohne Langeweile durchlesen kann. Allerdings auch ohne wahren Spannungsbogen, ohne große Lebensweisheiten, ohne den intellektuellen oder emotionalen Input, den viele andere Bücher in sich tragen, hier einfach der Form des Buches geschuldet. Daher die 3 Sterne.

  • Janek
    2019-04-22 22:19

    for all GG fans - essential.

  • Scherzo
    2019-04-09 19:17

    Era ducho en imaginaciones. Los muchos detalles indeterminados.He sido pasablemente educado. No soy fiel pero sí adicto. En efecto la inmovilidad y el progreso son idénticos. "El género humano", escribió Zweifel en su Diario, "se hacía más y más híbrido porque en efecto..." Su idea favorita. La autosuficiencia. La identidad de los sexos. El fin de toda la Historia. El estado permanente. La glándula híbrida. La felicidad. Zweifel se remite a aquel grabado de cobre y se divierte con su Melancolía. Puesto que, para los melancólicos, el mundo se ha reducido a algo que sólo puede soportarse ordenando (en cuanto conjunto) el coleccionar es la expresión activa de la melancolía.Cuando tenía dieciséis años amé a distancia a una chica inacabada e interpretable a discreción; desde entonces puedo desearla e imaginármela, hasta que llama a la puerta, entra, está ahí y empieza a disputar.Cuando tenía diecisiete años conocí bajo mi casco de acero -sólo me sostenía la correa- el miedo; luego (para equilibrar la balanza) el hambre, y poco más tarde la libertad: ese intrincado recinto de fieras salvajes. A partir de los dieciocho he intentado mensurar ese recinto, con lo que se me hizo patente cuán fragmentado está y qué raro es que la sensatez resida en el entendimiento; cuanto mayor es la inteligencia, tanto más nefastas pueden ser sus aplicaciones.

  • Harald
    2019-04-23 17:40

    This complex book interweaves the tragic fate of the Jews of Danzig (Gdansk) 1933-1945, the story of the fictitious character and fried of the Danzig Jews, Hermann Ott, called Doubt, and the author's participation as a campaigner in the 1969 West German elections. The elections brought the social democrats and the liberals to power together under the leadership of Willy Brandt for the first time, but the author's account of the successful campaign fails to interest 43 years later. The author is more successful in showing the discontinuities between prewar and post-war Germany that resulted in so many broken lives even among the non-Nazi survivors. The author himself being an exception, but when this book was first published in 1972, Grass had yet to tell the full truth of his own participation in the Second World War.The review is based on the 1973 Norwegian translation.

  • Donna Jo Atwood
    2019-03-29 01:24

    Published in 1972, it is written in alternating stories--that of Grass who is out campaigning during the West German elections and that of Ott, who is enduring the lot of the Danzig Jew during World War II. (Herr Ott is a snail enthusiast of no small repute.)Not necessarily a straight forward book or reliable narrator. Reading it was almost like watching a television set through sheer curtains in an adjoining apartment--and someone slightly crazed has the remote control.10.5 Octoberfest

  • Dej
    2019-04-25 21:35

    This is a phenomenal book that's progressive and idealistic, within reason and at the pace of a snail. The writing is also really incredible. Totally different but as beautiful as Umberto Eco.