AAAAAAAAH! Young Oskar Matzerath's voice is so piercing that it can shatter glass. That unusual ability isn't the narrator's only unnerving tic in Günter Grass' famous "The Tin Drum.
A novel that had the impact of a bomb. World War II and the history of the century from the perspective of a small man — and a reckoning with Germany as it rebuilt itself during the 1950s.
The Oscar winner who built a career on acclaimed literary adaptations such as his masterpiece "The Tin Drum" brought international recognition to German cinema. At 80 years old, his work continues to resonate.
As a guest of San Francisco's Goethe Institute at the Bay Area Book Festival, DW's David Levitz, host of "100 German Must-Reads" videos, reflects on his identity as an American Jew and novels on Germany's Nazi history.
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