Book #42592

The Flounder

Günter Grass

Binding: Cloth
Size: 8vo; xii, 547, [1] pages
Publisher: New York And London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978.
ISBN: 0151514861

Price: $20.00

A Near Fine edition in a like dust-jacket, each mildly worn.

Translated by Ralph Manheim from the original German 1977 publication, Der Butt. Nobel Prize winner Grass finished The Flounder for his fiftieth birthday. It begins in the Stone Age, when a talking fish is caught by a fisherman. Like the fish, the fisherman is immortal. Down the ages they move together, from matriarchy to patriarchy, the latter brought about by the Flounder's insidious counseling to the males held under female subjection.

Author Bio

Günter Grass

The great German novelist, Günter Grass, died on April 13, 2015. He won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature for his "frolicsome black fables [that] portray the forgotten face of history" and the Nobel Academy named him the "predecessor" of "García Márquez, Rushdie, Gordimer, Lobo Antunes and Kenzaburo Oe." Although his landmark 1959 novel, The Tin Drum, was initially rejected by his countrymen, it became an international success and launched his career. Grass became known as the conscience of Germany--a status that was later questioned when he disclosed his involvement during World War II.