Literary Techniques

The Rat, like Grass's other novels, is rigorously organized. It has twelve chapters, each beginning with a summarizing paragraph that...

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(Great Characters in Literature)

Butler, G.P. “The End of the World, and After,” in The Times Literary Supplement. April 4, 1986, pp. 35-36.

Hospital, Janette Turner. “Postfuturum Blues,” in The New York Times Book Review. XCII (July 5, 1987), p. 6.

Keele, Alan Frank. Understanding Günter Grass, 1987.

O’Neill, Patrick. “Grass’s Doomsday Book: Die Rattin,” in Critical Essays on Günter Grass, 1987.

Vormweg, Heinrich. Günter Grass, 1986.

Literary Precedents

It is hard to read the repeating chapters of The Rat without recalling the nursery rhyme round song, "Three Blind Mice." At least seven other...

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Related Titles

With the appearance of The Rat it might be necessary to revise Grass's "Danzig Trilogy" to "Tetralogy." This is the fourth novel set...

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Very soon after the publication of The Rat, a parody of it appeared by "Ratte, Gunter" titled Der Grass (Frankfortam-Main:...

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