Did you use the QR code in the print edition to access this page? If so, please tell us what you think in the comments. Is this something we should do every week? Günter Grass’s giant gaffe In “What Must Be Said”, Germany’s greatest post-war writer made a clumsy attempt to break a taboo on Germans criticising Israel. Show More Summary
It is easier for people to attack Gunter Grass than the Israeli occupation
As you may have read in last Sunday's New York Times, the government of Israel has declared German Nobel laureate Gunter Grass persona non grata because of a poem. True, it's a pretty lousy poem: "What Must Be Said," it's called, and that "Must" tells old Grass hands that it's musty Gunter Gasbag time. Show More Summary
Berlin — Last week, Germany’s most famous living writer called Israel the greatest impediment to world peace. Eighty-four-year-old Nobel literature laureate Günter Grass penned a poem entitled “What must be said” for Munich’s liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, accusing Israel of planning a first strike on Iran to “extinguish the Iranian people.” Keep reading this post...
Israeli authors vilify Gunter Grass for his poem criticizing Israel, but some say Israel overreacted, too.
GUNTER GRASS wrote a poem restating the widely held assumption that Israel has nuclear weapons and alleging its eagerness to attack Iran is a threat to world peace. Not much of a poem, more of an opinion piece, and sloppy, with its odd...Show More Summary
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Günter Grass, the German author who waited until he’d won a Nobel Prize before revealing that he’d served in Hitler’s SS, might seem an unlikely vessel for criticism of Israel (in 2006 he confessed that in 1944, at the age of 17, he’d belonged to the Waffen; his novel, The Tin Drum, covers the rise [...]
Salman Rushdie has described Israel’s travel ban on fellow scribbler Günter Grass as an act of “infantile pique”. I would go along with Rushdie’s succinct analysis of the affair. Grass was once a fairly decent writer, albeit not to my own taste, but in his dotage the one-time Waffen SS member has descended into vainglory [...]
Here is a European writer, one of the greatest and most eminent, for he is Nobel prize laureate Günter Grass, who has nothing better to do than to publish a poem in which he explains that there is only one serious threat hanging over our heads: the State of Israel.
“IT'S a disgusting poem,” said Marcel Reich-Ranicki, one of the most influential German critics. He was speaking of "What Must Be Said", a poem by Günter Grass denouncing Israel’s nuclear programme, its aggressive posture towards Iran and Germany’s sale to Israel of submarines that can carry nuclear weapons. Show More Summary
Gunter Grass is barred from Israel because he donned a Nazi uniform. What about the Pope?
Günter Grass is a great writer: a great German writer and a great European one. He is now 84. Sometimes in old age writers, like many other elderly people, turn away from the world. Sometimes they feel the need to speak out, all the more urgently because they are aware that night is falling and [...]
Yesterday Eamonn McDonagh posted about the Israeli government's decision to declare Günter Grass persona non grata. With the aid of a couple of counterfactual analogies, he argued that Israel was 'entirely justified' in excluding Grass from its territory for representing...
Writers and political pundits have reacted to Israel's decision to ban Günter Grass from the country because of a recent poem.
German Nobel laureate Günter Grass has been banned from entering Israel after the publication of a poem last week that criticised Israel’s foreign policy and purported nuclear program. Titled ‘What must be said’, the poem warns thatShow More Summary
By misusing border controls to make a symbolic gesture of contempt against a writer, Israel's Minister of the Interior weakens his nation's otherwise strong case for excluding individuals who pose genuine threats to the physical security of Israeli citizens.
Sunday, The Israeli Government barred German author Gunter Grass from entering Israel over a poem the Nobel Laureate wrote on Israel, Iran and nuclear weapons. So called pro-Israel Hawks often accuse people who are critical of Israeli policy of anti-Semitism. I, myself, have had the honor of being called a self-loathing Jew. But what makes Grass’s [...]
A poem by antimilitarist writer Gunter Grass, published in the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, has sparked a storm of controversy in the Western world. Yet the author only limited himself to stating the facts: Iran has no nuclear bombs while Israel is in possession of an illegal nuclear arsenal. Show More Summary
Avigdor Liberbman says Gunter Grass would sacrifice Israel to a Holocaust -- because he dared to speak of Israeli nuclear weapons as a threat to peace