I recently finished The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, which is the best book I have read in a very long time. It definitely makes it into my top ten.
I highly recommend it - the new translation is terrific and faithful to Grass' original unconventional but riveting use of language.
I have moved onto Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, which is a fictional account of Miller's adventures amongst the prostitutes, pimps and penniless painters and artists in Paris in the 20's and 30's. Some of the language is quite graphic, but it is a perceptive and entertaining account of some quite unusual characters.
So we beat on, boats aginst the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby