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The Box

(2010)
Tales from the Darkroom
A collection of stories by

 
 
'Once upon a time there was a father who, because he had grown old, called together his sons and daughters - four, five, six, eight in number - and finally convinced them, after long hesitation, to do as he wished. Now they are sitting around a table and begin to talk . . .'

In an audacious literary experiment, Günter Grass writes in the voices of his eight children as they record memories of their childhoods, of growing up, of their father, who was always at work on a new book, always at the margins of their lives. Memories contradictory, critical, loving, accusatory - they piece together an intimate picture of this most public of men. To say nothing of Marie, Grass's assistant, a family friend of many years, perhaps even a lover, whose snapshots taken with an old-fashioned Agfa box camera provide the author with ideas for his work. But her images offer much more. They reveal a truth beyond the ordinary detail of life, depict the future, tell what might have been, grant the wishes in visual form of those photographed. The children speculate on the nature of this magic: was the enchanted camera a source of inspiration for their father? Did it represent the power of art itself? Was it the eye of God?

Recalling J. M. Coetzee's Summertime and Umberto Eco's The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, The Box is an inspired and daring work of fiction. In its candor, wit, and earthiness, it is Grass at his best.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

November 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Box: Tales from the Darkroom
Author(s): Gunter Grass
ISBN: 0-547-24503-3 / 978-0-547-24503-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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November 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Box: Tales from the Darkroom
Author(s): Gunter Grass
ISBN: 1-84655-307-5 / 978-1-84655-307-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

November 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Box: Tales from the Darkroom
Author(s): Gunter Grass
ISBN: 0-09-953975-6 / 978-0-09-953975-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Box: Tales from the Darkroom
Author(s): Gunter Grass
ISBN: 0-547-57764-8 / 978-0-547-57764-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Audio Editions

November 2010 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Box: Tales from the Dark Room (Library Edition)
Author(s): Gunter Grass
ISBN: 1-4417-6583-2 / 978-1-4417-6583-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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November 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Box: Tales from the Dark Room
Author(s): Gunter Grass
ISBN: 1-4417-6585-9 / 978-1-4417-6585-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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November 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Box: Tales from the Darkroom
Author(s): Gunter Grass
ISBN: 1-4417-6584-0 / 978-1-4417-6584-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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November 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Box: Tales from the Dark Room
Author(s): Gunter Grass
ISBN: 1-4417-6586-7 / 978-1-4417-6586-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

June 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Box: Tales from the Darkroom
Author(s): Gunter Grass
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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