The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

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Acclaimed as the greatest German novel written since the end of World War II, The Tin Drum is the autobiography of thirty-year-old Oskar Matzerath, who has lived through the long Nazi nightmare and who, as the novel begins, is being held in a mental institution. Willfully stunting his growth at three feet for many years, wielding his tin drum and piercing scream as anarchistic weapons, he provides a profound yet hilarious perspective on both German history and the human condition in the modern world.

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The 108th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 5th on Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century (Wikipedia)
  2. - 7th on For The Love of Books (For The Love of Books)
  3. - 8th on Robert McCrum's top 10 books of the twentieth century (The Guardian)
  4. - 34th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (
  5. - 35th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  6. - 38th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  7. - 56th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  8. - 70th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  9. - 88th on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  10. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
  11. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
  12. - The 100 Best Books in the World ( (in German))
  13. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  14. - 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)

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