From Publishers Weekly
"A melange of fable, history, polemic, diatribe and jeremiad, its prose interspersed with verse, The Rat . . . defies brief description and amply displays Grass's fecund imagination," stated PW . The flounder and the tin drummer of previous works reappear and "Manheim's heroic translation lucidly conveys Grass's linguistic idiosyncrasies, bizarre neologisms and madcap eccentricities."
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From Library Journal
And the rats shall inherit the earth, or so Grass concludes in this wonderful work of speculative virtuosity. With no less a subject before him than the ultimate fate of humankind, this superb German writer weaves together stories to produce an imaginative whole. As the oracular She-rat tells of humanity's demise and the rat's ultimate dominion, Grass himself fights back with memories and dreams, seeking to establish a better future through the acts of history and mind. Meanwhile, a barge crewed by women plies the Baltic Sea. And Oscar Matzerath, the drummer of Grass's early novel The Tin Drum, now appears as a 60-year-old film producer with a plan to film the natural world before it dies in chemical offal. Wildly entertaining as well as thought provoking. Paul E. Hutchison, English Dept., Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park
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