Günter Grass at age 82. The Tin Drum - hated, loved, and internationally celebrated. With The Tin Drum, German postwar literature returned to the world stage. When Grass received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999, 50 years after the publication of The Tin Drum, the jury wrote in its statement that this book represented the rebirth of the German novel in the 20th century. It was ambivalent praise - as if Grass had not gone on to write several more novels, stories and poems. But even John Irving, writer colleague and friend of Günter Grass, said that he never achieved the quality of the first novel in his later works.
The Tin Drum (German: Die Blechtrommel) is a 1979 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Günter Grass. It was directed and co-written by Volker Schlöndorff. It was mostly shot in West Germany.
Grass wrote with fury, love, derision, slapstick, pathos - all with an unforgiving conscience. Encountering The Tin Drum in the early sixties was like discovering a new planet, a reinvention of literature 'Tin Drum' is moving towards Sylvian's forays into solo-electronica ('Bamboo Music')- though it does have great production from Steve Nye (who would reproduce this sound.
Redirected from Oskar Matzerath). The Tin Drum (German: Die Blechtrommel) is a 1959 novel by Günter Grass. The novel is the first book of Grass's Danziger Trilogie (Danzig Trilogy). The story revolves around the life of Oskar Matzerath, as narrated by himself when confined in a mental hospital during the years 1952–1954.
The Tin Drum certainly broke free of Mann’s towering presence. In turn Grass would prove a major influence on Salman Rushdie’s 1981 Booker Prize-winning Midnight’s Children. Oskar’s odyssey begins when he falls down the cellar stairs on his third birthday, determined not to grow and instead commence his career as a relentless drummer who sangshattered glass.
The Tin Drum is a stunning read and is the reason why forty years after its release, Grass, praised for his "cheerful destructiveness and creative irreverence," received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Presumably the prize committee had been comatose for the forty years in between, but better late than never. A profoundly human tale, The Tin Drum is built from hallucinatory prose and an ability to see the extraordinary that lurks just beneath the surface of the apparently mundane. The story is of a child who decides never to grow past his current height of three feet because the world is such a horrible place, and then experiences many adventures that prove to him that he was simultaneously totally right and totally wrong in his belief.
On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing . It's the first novel by Günter Grass and it was published in 1959. You would think an author of this caliber would produce something that has a sophisticated (or should I say complicated?) style, something awesome, something the literary world would have a hard time explaining.
You might say that Günter Grass's The Tin Drum has all the elements you need for a great story. The novel follows young Oskar Matzerath, who is telling us his story from inside a mental institution. The tin drum magically lets him control other people; it helps him remember events from other times in his life and conjure up events that haven't happened yet. Throughout all this, Oskar keeps up the appearance of being a child while having a very grown-up mind. And a very grownup libido.