Local Anaesthetic

by Günter Grass

Paper Book, 1989

Status

Available

Genres

Publication

San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989.

Description

Starusch, a 40 year old teacher of German and history, undergoes protracted dental treatment in an office where TV is used to distract the patients. Under local anesthesia, the patient projects onto the screen his past and present with the fluidity and visual quality of the movies. A satirical portrait of social confusions.

User reviews

LibraryThing member billmcn
Kinda long and hard to follow, but about midway through the protagonist gets into a comical debate with a hotheaded student radical about how one should feel about little old German ladies eating coffee cake in cafes and in the course of it comes up with the best counter-argument to puritanical anti-consumerism that I have ever read.… (more)
LibraryThing member leslie.98
To be quite honest, although I remember reading this 30 years ago, I don't recall it well enough to make a reliable rating!
LibraryThing member DinadansFriend
Stylistically, an interesting read, but GG isn't the Joyce of "Ulysses" or the Dos Passos of "USA". A high school teacher has to confront the conundrums of the liberal conscience while those around him try out various forms of extremism. The story can be confusing, but the irony is first rate.

Language

Original language

German

Barcode

8477
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