At the April German Book Club meeting we will discuss Günter Grass's Katz und Maus
(dtv, €9,95 ISBN: 9783423143479).
Upon its release, critics praised this novella about a youth torn between petit-bourgeois normality and national socialist ideology and war mongering, declaring Günter Grass a master of short narrative. But others viewed the book as indecent, a supposedly pornographic and blasphemous concoction meant to morally compromise children and teenagers. Yet the novella became an overwhelming international success, and over fifty years later, the story of Joachim Mahlke, whose gigantic Adam’s apple makes him an outsider, has lost none of its relevance.
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