Dog Years

Dog Years

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by Günter Grass
     
 

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Dog Years is set in three parts. Herr Brauzel, the owner of a mine, tells the "Morning Shifts" an account of the early years of the two main figures, the half-Jew, Eduard Amsel, and his friend and blood brother, Waltern Matern. The river Vistula, with its cargo of history, runs through their exploits. So does the dog Senta, who will whelp Harras, who in

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Dog Years is set in three parts. Herr Brauzel, the owner of a mine, tells the "Morning Shifts" an account of the early years of the two main figures, the half-Jew, Eduard Amsel, and his friend and blood brother, Waltern Matern. The river Vistula, with its cargo of history, runs through their exploits. So does the dog Senta, who will whelp Harras, who in turn will sire the black shepherd, Prinz, the Fuhrer's favorite dog.

The second narrator, Harry Liebenau, tells part two, "Love Letters," addressed to his cousin Tulla. From the vantagepoint of Danzig, he takes the reader into the prewar years and beyond. Amsel, a gifted and precocious creator of scarecrows made in the image of man, Starts to build lifelike, mechanically marching SA-men, and it is Matern, his blood brother, himself an SA-man, who calls him sheeny and knocks out his teeth. The Dog Years are now in full swing; they lead right into war, up to the moment when Prinz finally deserts his master, because even a dog can have enough.

This is the first major novel that followed Grass's celebrated Tin Drum, exhibiting all the brilliance, inventiveness, and narrative daring of its predecessor. Beginning in the nineteen twenties and ending in the fifties, it is a splendid evocation of an apocalyptic period and its startling aftermath.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780749394509
Publisher:
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/03/1999
Series:
Danzig Trilogy, #3
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.83(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

GÜNTER GRASS (1927–2015), Germany's most celebrated contemporary writer, attained worldwide renown with the publication of his novel The Tin Drum in 1959. A man of remarkable versatility, Grass was a poet, playwright, social critic, graphic artist, and novelist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1999.
 

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