Monday, June 08, 2009

The Tin Drum Turns 50

One of the best books of the 20th Century, The Tin Drum by Günter Grass, is being retranslated to coincide with its 50th anniversary. This excites me. I love this book and, as it has been a while since I’ve read it, this might be the push I need to give it a 2nd reading. The question of retranslation is a big one, and, according to what I pulled off Three Percent, it is addressed in this new edition. Makes sense to me. If you love Don Quixote, In Search of Lost Time, Anna Karenina or any other foreign “classic” then by all means you owe it to yourself to investigate as many translations as you can.