Günter Grass Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Günter Grass Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Although Günter Grass’s novel The Tin Drum forms the first part of the Danzig Trilogy and shares some characters, events, and themes with Cat and Mouse and Dog Years, the novel was conceived independently and can be discussed without explicit reference to the other two works. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the title of the trilogy, which was later expanded to a “sextet,” reflects the extraordinary significance of Grass’s birthplace for his fiction. In fact, this significance has been compared to that of Dublin for James Joyce or Yoknapatawpha County for William Faulkner. Owing to political developments after World War II, Grass was forced to sever his ties with his place of birth...

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