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The Gustloff story could support a much bigger and better book than this. The title, Crabwalkdefined by Grass as “scuttling backward to move forward,” refers to both the necessary reference to various events, some occurring at the same time, the same events that would lead to the eventual disaster.

In the fictional family in this book, three generations are marked by the suppression of the story of the Wilhelm Gustloff. Tulla fills the book with her energy. Over several decades the refugees and expellees became the moral property of the German Right, their fate fashioned into an insensitive narrative of victimisation.

The way he builds the characters gradually is quite artistic.

Grass, after all, is the child from Danzig who has always understood why his beloved city became Gdansk, and never missed a chance to attack the fantasies hatched in the expellee organisations. Born in Schwerin inWilhelm Gustloff moved to Switzerland in because of his weak lungs. This was the first work of Grass I’ve ever read. For me, this book is way more than a story about a sinking ship, it is a story about the rehabilitation of the Second World War with the both sides: To ask other readers questions about Crabwalkplease sign up.

Whenever we find out what is happening to one character, we have to be told what has happened simultaneously to the others. The novel ends with an unpleasant twist which feels cheap and exploitative. Tulla Pokriefke, one of the survivors of the tragedy, cannot find words to describe what she saw on the ship as the torpedoes hit: But it is certainly worth seeing what Grass is up to with his crabwalk in the first half of the novel.


The narrator refers to him as his “employer” or “boss”. A key moment occurs when Grass tells the narrator he is disappointed that Tulla turned into something as banal as a Party functionary.

And in this way we gradually move forward.

Slowly the characters come into view and the different strands merge to form a comprehensive picture. The Wilhelm Gustloffa “Strength through Joy” cruise ship turned refugee carrier, sank after a Soviet submarine attack on January 30 leading to the death of more than 9, people, half of them children and infants.

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It was the worst loss at sea in history 1, went down on the Titanicalthough neither the Germans or Soviets were inclined to publicize it, either at the time or since.

This failure, he says, was staggering. She went into labor after the first torpedo struck and gave birth aboard a rescue ship as vrass Wilhelm Gustloff sank. As he has in much of his work, Grass examines the consequences of generations of Krebssgang failing to confront the past.

Meantime Konrad argues with another young man in a chatroom devoted to the disaster, making anti-Semitic comments. Spirited, unconventional and a salty speaker of East Prussian dialect, she is the ultimate survivor.

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The real number of deaths be it or is certainly large by most measures. View all 5 comments. In late January,the six million man Red Army had finally pushed the Axis armies into Germany, and looting, burning, rape and murder were the payback for years R. Most of this, however, takes place in postwar Germany, far from the Langfuhr and singshattering of The Tin Drum.

For his teenage son, who dabbles in the dark, far-right corners of the Internet, the Gustloff embodies the denial of Germany’s wartime grasz.

As I have family, in Gdansk where the ill-fated ship departed from, I had heard many stories of the incident and was interested in getting more details on the legendary disaster. This page was last edited on 12 Octoberat He criticizes the lukewarm attitudes towards politics and history by many Germans of Paul’s generation.

Crabwalk by Günter Grass

There is also talk about the civilian victims but evasion of the fact that the ship was also gnetr a U-boat depot.


He always identified himself as a Kashubian. The focus of the story is the sinking of a ship, a german ship which was by law warship so its torpedoing was allowed though the victims were women and children, not guilty of any crimes, maybe only guilty of accepting the Nazi government without acting against it. You are commenting using your Facebook account. We probably krebzgang also agree that some of the Germans who died during WWII can be considered innocent imm. In the German Democratic Republic the subject had been taboo; in the Federal Republic it was, and remained, hard to write krebsgany without falling in with some very unattractive company.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in The novel is yet another powerful reminder of the ways in which failing to honestly confront the lessons and symbols of the past continue to bedevil us.

Tulla speaks with a strong accent a form of Low German described by the narrator as ‘Langfursch’, after the part of Danzig she is from.

On his website ‘blutzeuge. A neo-nazi that glories in Germany’s imperial past, a Soviet sympathizer, a journalist who fled to the West for opportunity, and a faux-Jewish sympathizer who views life through the gnnter lens of oppression and genocide. The numbers of lives lost has always been hard to quantify, because it was carrying thousands of civilians gnte had boarded at the last minute fleeing from the Russian advance from the east, many of whom were not registered officially as passengers.

Here the joining of private and public histories is effective.

Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. This is very innovative to write a novel in such a method, isn’t it?! At his trial he claims that he has nothing against Jews themselves, but that he considers their presence among Aryan populations to be a ‘foreign body’; his father considers that he has a ‘slow-burning’ hatred for the Jews.

Divorced inhe remarried in