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The Tin Drum is a 1959 novel by G?nter Grass. The novel is the first book of Grass's Danziger Trilogie (Danzig Trilogy). It was adapted into a 1979 film, which won both the 1979 Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980.

To "beat a tin drum" when used as an idiom means to create a disturbance in order to bring attention to a cause.This is based on an interpretation of the book where Oskar's beating of his titular tin drum "symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood.

The Tin Drum

  • Gunter Grass (Deceased)
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