The author of The Tin Drum is back in Danzig with The Call of the Toad, a poignant, irreverent, funny novel about two people who find adventure in love and business. The love is late middle-aged; the business is the cemetery business. The couple's vision is to offer plots in Gdansk to those Germans who had been exiled after World War II. He, the German, will provide not only the bodies but cash and know-how; she, the Pole, will provide the human warmth and political fervor. Gunter Grass tells a tale of capitalism taken to absurd extremes as he skewers both the German and the Polish characters, past, present, and future - with the style, tenderness, and baroque inventiveness that have made him famous.
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The story of an improbable love affair and a sharp satire on post-1989 Europe, this book is Gunter Grass's first major work of fiction since "The Rat" in 1987.Review:
"At once a satire of post-1989 politics and a love story, it shows two sides of the author: firebrand and mellowed, humane observer... The Call of The Toad shows Grass as one of our greatest living storytellers" ( Financial Times)
"Mr Grass has a more lyrical, a more glorious sense of locality than any other novelist today" ( New York Times)
"With The Call of the Toad, Grass brings the fable landscape of the Europe of his lifetime up to date" ( Financial Times)
"A funny, wise, hugely enjoyable fantasy" ( Financial Times)
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