This is the delightful story of an improbable love affair, and a sharp satire on Europe post-1989. It appeared in 1992, some 6 years after Grass's novel 'The Rat', and was published in English simultaneously with the German original. Satirical, ironic and yet deeply moving, it has been described as 'a delightfully surprising novel' by this leading German contemporary author.
Gunter Grass (1927-2015) was a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, and sculptor who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. Perhaps his best-known work is 'The Tin Drum', which appeared in 1959 and is a key text in 'magic realism'. His left-wing tendencies permeated his writings, and he often uses his childhood recollections of his place of birth (Danzig, now Gdansk, in Poland) in his novels.
Our book is in almost immaculate condition, bound in light cream cloth with gilt title etc on the spine, and showing no signs of shelf wear apart from a tiny crease at the top R/H corner of the back cover. The dust jacket, likewise, is intact, clean and unclipped. Within, the endpapers are clean and bright, but all other pages are browned, mainly round the edges. The half-title page bears the ink-written signature of the author, with the date 12.11.93. Apart from the browning, the pages are all clean and unmarked - indeed, the book appears unread.