The Frog Who Dared to Croak
is the story, told in the form of a memoir, of the public and private lives of Tibor Grau, the leading Marxist thinker of his time. Grau is both a great man and a party hack, an original thinker and a stooge of the state.
This book is also a tale of Grau’s private life – his sexual development, his sexual career – and it is a frank and unabashed portrayal of homosexual desire. In creating this character, Sennett has reinvented the Europe of revolution and reaction, of the Second World War and of Stalinism.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1982; London: Faber and Faber, 1982; Paris: Fayard, 1984; Milan: Feltrinelli, 1983; Tokyo: Iwanami, 1986.