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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,611 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Günter Grass has been wrestling with Germany's past for decades now, but no book since The Tin Drum has generated as much excitement as this engrossing account of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. A German cruise ship turned refugee carrier, it was attacked by a Soviet submarine in January 1945. Some 9,000 people went down in the Baltic Sea, making it the deadliest mari ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published April 5th 2004 by Mariner Books (first published April 1st 2002)
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R.I.P. Günter Grass (1927-2015)

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Günter Grass' Im Krebsgang appeared in 2002, a late work, but one of the best Grass ever wrote.

The "incident" at the center of this book is not well known - I learned about it only recently in the pages of Max Hastings' excellent Armageddon, The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945. In late January, 1945, the six million man Red Army had finally pushed the Axis armies into Germany, and looting, burning, rape and murder were the payback for years
Mike Robbins
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wartime
I suspect that most people who read this book in English do so because it’s by Grass, and know nothing of the Wilhelm Gustloff, or the polemic of which this book was part. I’m the other way round; although I do like Grass, I was especially interested in the Gustloff. Were it not for that, I might not have read this book.

If I had, I don’t think I would have understood it, and it wouldn’t have grabbed me the way it has. I doubt if it’s Grass’s best as literature. The characters, though well-drawn
Friederike Knabe
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: german-lit
The events surrounding the biggest naval disaster in history and its tragic outcome are not an easy topic to bring to the attention of the reader of fifty-some years later. "Why only now?" is a good question and one that starts CRABWALK. The Wilhelm Gustloff, a "Strength through Joy" cruise ship turned refugee carrier, sank after a Soviet submarine attack on January 30 1945 leading to the death of more than 9,000 people, half of them children and infants. Although the details of the sinking have ...more
Farzin Takyar
Jul 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those interested in not-simple stories!
It took me nearly ten days to read this not-too-long book. It was intentional. I think each and every sentence of the book is there for some reason, although I could not get the reason to some!

The story revolves around a silly happening in today's world where the Internet exists and is a common modality for communication. The happening is simple when you get it , but getting it is not so simple! The writer himself claims in one of the beginning pages that he is going to narrate in a manner that
Marisa Fernandes
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Já li alguns livros de Günter Grass (talvez quase, senão mesmo, metade daqueles que publicou) e confesso que nunca fui muito sua fã. Parece-me que tem muito ódio, raiva e outros sentimentos mal resolvidos. E sempre fiquei com a sensação de que a sua relação com a Alemanha está envolta em grande ressentimento. Mas que a Alemanha? Pois, a actual.
Então e que problema tem isso? O problema é que Grass tem um passado nas SS, ou seja, participou na Alemanha de Hitler, essa Alemanha do passado, de que
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

Grass's novel is about the deadliest marine disaster in history, but few have ever heard of it. In January 1945, a cruise ship which had been reconfigured to transport German refugees, the Wilhelm Gustloff, was sunk by a Soviet submarine in icy Baltic waters. More than 9,000 German refugees died, about 5,000 of them children. 1,252 were rescued and survived. (By comparison, about 1,500 people died on the Titanic.) Germany apparently tried to keep the disaster under wraps so as not to demoralize
Friederike Knabe
The events surrounding the biggest naval disaster in history and its tragic outcome are not an easy topic to bring to the attention of the reader of fifty-some years later. "Why only now?" is a good question and one that starts IM KREBSGANG. The Wilhelm Gustloff, a "Strength through Joy" cruise ship turned refugee carrier, sank after a Soviet submarine attack on January 30 1945 leading to the death of more than 9,000 people, half of them children and infants. Although the details of the sinking ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Günter Grass, the Nobel laureate and brilliant chronicler of Germany's tortured relationship to its past, died in April 2015. This short novel, published in 2002 ("Im Krebsgang"), was his last work of fiction. Its narrator tells his story by sidling up to the historical event at its core, then scuttling back, crablike, then approaching it again. And in this way we gradually move forward.

On January 30, 1945, a Russian submarine fired three torpedoes at the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, a passenger ship
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happened to Tulla from Langfuhr, her baby and her grandson, before, during and after the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff which sailed from Gotenhafen (Gdynia) in 1945. This is naturally very Günter: crabwalks at every turn, circular, sideways, diversions and detours, with such a light and devastating touch ('a small eternity later...'). Some find him impossible to read but for me his work is genius, the mature and serious way to do history and its current impact in fiction, ie not alternati ...more
Czarny Pies
Feb 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Crabwalk is clearly not one of the better efforts by Gunter Grass whose Tin Drum is one of the great classics of 20th Century literature. This novel tells the story of the impact of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff (a boat carrying 5000 to 9000 refugees from East Prussia to Germany in January 1945) on three generations of a single family. One major character is a the narrator's mother who is on the Willhelm Gustloff when it is hit by three torpedos from a Russian submarine. The narrator who i ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Най-голямата морска катастрофа ще отбележи на 30.01.2015 г. тъжната си 70-годишнина. За съжаление първоначално около потапянето на "Вилхелм Густлов" се пази политически коректно мълчание, след това остава и извън полезрението на холивудските машини за слава.

Извън различните и нееднозначни публикации по-сериозно внимание й обръща само Гюнтер Грас с "Рачешката". Той обаче, макар и Нобелов лауреат, е само почти гений, малко труден за масово четене и асимилиране и доста труден за филмиране (и до не
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gerçek bir olayı farklı bir yorumla ele alan G.Grass taraflar ve nedenler değil savaşın kendisi sorgulanmalı ve lanetlenmeli diyor.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Sprachlich habe ich es genossen. Ich muss mehr von Grass lesen (dies war nach "Katz und Maus" mein zweites Buch von ihm).
Am Inhalt kann man sich reiben, man muss nicht mit allem einverstanden sein, mich lässt es nachdenklich zurück. Ein großartiges Buch, auch und vor allem, nachdem ich erst vor kurzem "Heimatmuseum" von Siegfried Lenz gelesen habe. Beide leider aktuell und zeitlos. Und dazu in so schöner Sprache verfasst.
Ilia Tchanturia
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
თანამედროვე მსოფლიოში ფაშიზმის "აღდგომის" საშიშროებაზე დაწერილი, ეს ნოველა არის შედევრი.
თავიდან, არასწორხაზოვანმა თხორბამ ცოტა დამაბნია, ერთ გვერდს ორჯერ ვკითხულობდი ხოლმე. მერე თანდათან ყვლეაფერი დალაგდა და ბოლოში გახურდა და გახურდა. როცა მოვრჩი, რამდენიმე წუთი გაშტერებული ვიჯექი. მოკლედ, გრასი ყოფილა კაცების კაცი. <3
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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Joshua Rigsby
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a story of Germany's struggle to understand its fractious and uncomfortable past. The author follows several threads of his story displaced in time, sometimes moving forward sometimes backward, the way a crab approaches an object sideways.

I found the novelty of the anti-chronological organization far less interesting than the historical event that underpins all the characters' lives: the sinking of the transport ship the Wilhelm Gustloff, the greatest maritime disaster in history.

The f
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the first I've read by Gunther Grass, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Grass is struggling with the collective guilt of the German people. The narrator of the story is a hack journalist who is reluctantly drawn into researching the unusual circumstances of his birth, In a lifeboat, after the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by a Russian sub in 1945.
It's cunningly written. Paul Pokriefke, the journalist, doesn't want to know about the past, and is almost vitriolic about his mother,
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*2,5 / 2,75 STERNE*
Was soll ich groß sagen? Ich musste das Buch für die Schule lesen und mir gefallen Schulbücher eher selten.
Ich fand die ersten 30 Seiten am schlimmsten, obwohl ich die ja schon einmal im Sommer gelesen habe und jetzt aber erneut von vorne beginnen musste, da ich damals abgebrochen habe. Beim zweiten Lesen der ersten 30 Seiten ging es allerdings deutlich schneller und leichter.
Auch wenn ich nur ziemlich langsam durch dieses Buch durchkam und die Sprache sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-lit
It doesn't end. Never will it end.

The narrator was born on a sinking ship, came out at the same time it went down. Had no clue who his father was. Started in East Germany moved to the west but never amounted to much. Loser.

However, the novel is a winner. It plays with story telling and history / myth making. The story of the sinking is drawn from several sources and the author masterfully interweaves this and the side stories.

Its much more than a story of a sinking ship as the issues of patern
Robert Wechsler
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: german-lit
What makes this novel special is how the narrator’s “crablike” telling of the story allows all moments of his life (and relevant events shortly before his life) to be presented simultaneously, sometimes in single sentences. Unfortunately, as the novel progresses, this approach turns into the usual wandering through time that authors use to withhold information and add a level of “literary” complexity to their work (and then the crabwalk approach ends). Also, in the final third or so of the novel ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Von der Thematik her, ein sehr interessantes Buch. Es zeigt eine neue Seite der Geschichte, in der auch die Deutschen Opfer des 2. WK sind. Die Erzählweise ist allerdings sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig und auch den Schreibstil habe ich als durchaus anstrengend empfunden, daher bezweifle ich, dass ich das Werk zu Ende gelesen hätte, wenn es keine Pflichtlektüre gewesenwäre.
Nov 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Germans were victims too--a different perspective. You learn about the biggest maritime disaster, which is the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. In this book, the main characters which span three generations are directly/indirectly affected by this disaster.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tug lib throw out. .60cents
Phils Osophie
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine der angenehmeren Schullektüren, zumindest was die Spannung angeht. Der Schreibstil an sich war unglaublich anstrengend
Baris Balcioglu
Ich bin sehr zufrieden dass es vorbei ist. Es ist das dritte Buch das ich von Grass gelesen habe. Ich wünschte Die Blechtrommel noch einmal aber dieses Mal auf Deutsch lesen. Jetzt erinnere ich mich nicht wann ich sie las, wahrscheinlich mitte der neunziger Jahre und ich habe sie sehr schön und toll gefunden. Genauso Beim Häuten der Zwiebel das ich einige Jahren vorher las war sehr interessant. Zum Glück gab es nur Im Krebsgang in der Bibliothek unserer Universität und es ist das erste Buch von ...more
Taze bitti kitap. Yine elimde sürüncemede olan ve yolculuk sırasında zorunlu biten bir kitap oldu. Çok iddialı başladı, beni kendine bağladı. Hatta günlerce dipnotlardan alakasız araştırmalara daldım ama sıktı. Kitap artık aynı konu etrafında dönüyordu. Öyleki lanet gemi iyi ki batmış evresine geldim.Eğer Wilhelm Gustloff'un batışı etrafındaki tartışmalar gereksiz uzatılmasaydı benden bir beş yıldızı alacaktı. Ama siz yine de okunacaklar listenize atın, ilginç bir eser.
Cristina Georgiana
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book on how evil or hatred (depicted here on the affinity to the nazi ideology of some children at the end of the second world war) doesn't need a reason and will always find martyrs, because sacrifices are always seen with esteem and approval, even though the idea behind them is fundamentally wrong.
Serbay GÜL
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bildiğimizin aksine dünyanın en büyük gemi faciası Titanik olayı değilmiş. Sadece 4 binin üzerinde çocuğun öldüğü tahmin edilen Gustloff gemisi faciasına aitmiş ölüm rekor. Dünya bilmeyecekti çünkü artık laneti yemiş faşist bir topluluktu alman halkı. Acı olansa bu bir kaza değil , kasıttı.

Gemi ismini Nazi Almanya'sı döneminin önde gelen siyasetçilerinden olan ve Yahudi bir direnişçi tarafından öldürülen William Gustloff'tan almaktadır.

Hikayeyi bize anlatan kahramanımız, işte bu gemiden annesin
Sorin Hadârcă
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germany
Aici Günter Grass atinge un punct nevralgic pentru germani - relația lor cu trecutul. Atât uitarea, cât și cultul acestuia nu oferă soluții, în timp ce statutul de veșnic vinovat nu permite rănilor să se cicatrizeze. Un personaj de-al lui Oz spunea undeva că dacă nemții se vor ierta singuri pe ei, evreii nu-i vor ierta niciodată, iar dacă nu se vor ierta, atunci poate că da.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The late Günter Grass’ crafting of controversial subjects knew no bounds. In Crabwalk he takes on a particularly tough subject, the sinking of the refugee ship the Wilhelm Gustloff, most immediately connectable with Grass because of the ships departing from the vicinity of none other than his old hometown, Danzig, in that small way contributing to the legacy of German Danzig (and Polish Gdańsk, for that matter) in the way that each of Faulkner’s works adds to his county in Mississippi. Most of t ...more
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Günter Wilhelm Grass was a Nobel Prize-winning German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, and sculptor.
He was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). Since 1945, he lived in West Germany, but in his fiction he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood. He always identified himself as a Kashubian.

He is best known for his first novel, "The Tin Drum" (1959)
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