Monday, November 09, 2009
Oskar has a new drum
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of The Tin Drum, there is a new translation (actually, a whole series of them, worldwide) overseen by Grass himself. The translator is Breon Mitchell.
Oskar is the closest I have to a hero, so I shall be ordering my copy immediately, but it is going to be very, very strange reading a totally different version. I'm worrying that there will be bits that jar, like the Mona Lisa suddenly wearing a yellow frock, or a middle eight turning up in an Eric Satie Gnossienne...