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Reviews

  • This is a big book in every sense, full of extraordinary scenes and characters: even on a single reading it seems prodigally rich in comic invention, and demands to be worried at time and again

    Julian Mitchell, Sunday Times
  • Grass wrote with fury, love, derision, slapstick, pathos - all with an unforgiving conscience

    John Irving
  • Grass is one of the master fabulists of our age

    Michael Ratcliffe, The Times
  • The novel is as monstrous as its hero, pullalating with a kind of anti-life... Gunter Grass may have written the nearest thing to a literary masterpiece his generation is capable of producing

    David Lodge, Spectator
  • Funny, macabre, disgusting, blasphemous, pathetic, horrifying, erotic, it is an endless delirium, an outrageous phantasmagoria in which dust from Goethe, Hans Andersen, Swift, Rabelais, Joyce, Aristophanes and Rochester dances on the point of a needle in the flame of a candle that was not worth the game

    Daily Telegraph

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