Warring Words - Der Spiegel reports on the raging controversy surrounding German Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s new poem, which is sharply critical of Israel. The poet has taken to the airwaves to defend himself, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined the fray Thursday. “Günter Grass’ shameful moral equivalence between Israel and Iran, a regime [...]
Overcoming German inhibitions to judge Israel, Nobel Laureate Grass calls for "unhindered and permanent international control" of Israeli nuclear facilities
The Nobel-winning novelist will go on ARD Television live tonight to face questions over an anti-Israel poem, which sections of the media have described as anti-semitic. Grass, 84, will appear on two consecutive programmes of news and debate. More here.
Nobel Laureate Günter Grass's poem criticizing Israel--and arguing that a German can't criticize Israeli policy without being called antisemitic--is drawing fire in the media.
A poem by the German Nobel laureate Günter Grass depicting Israel's undeclared nuclear might as a threat to world peace drew wide condemnation from Jewish groups and media commentators.
The poem, which says that Israel, not Iran, was the Mideast's greatest threat to world peace, prompted the Israeli Embassy in Berlin to accuse Mr. Grass of propagating old-fashioned blood libel.
The controversy-courting German author is back in the headlines today for a new poem published in several newspapers that accuses Israel of endangering world peace. Titled, "What must be said," it's available here in German. Reuters summarizes: "Why do I say only now... Show More Summary
Just as the Syrian regime resumes bombing its own citizens and the Egyptians prepare for sharia law, the veteran Nobel-winning novelist has published a poem (never a good sign in a novelist) attacking German arms sales to Israel (but not to Iran). Grass brands Israel a ‘danger to world peace’ in the poem, published in the [...]
Jacob Heilbrunn For decades the German Nobel-prize winning novelist Gunter Grass has posed as the conscience of Germany. He never missed an opportunity to denouce what he saw as the moral failings of his inferiors. He denounced America for the arms-race with the Soviet Union. Show More Summary
Günter Grass has just published a poem saying that Israel is a threat to world peace. According to these reports, the threat that Israel is comes not merely from the fact that it may be considering an attack on Iran...
The New York Review blog has the first English translation (by David Dollenmayer) of Günter Grass' Christa Wolf eulogy, On Christa Wolf.
So the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters always seemed a bit too Spanish-focused for me, but the list of laureates -- which includes Nobel laureates such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Camilo José Cela, Günter Grass, and Doris Lessing, as...Show More Summary
The MLA's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work has been announced, and Breon Mitchell gets it for his new translation of The Tin Drum by Günter Grass (get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk), with...Show More Summary
"The children must never find out about what their father has suppressed," writes Günter Grass in The Box: Tales From the Darkroom, his new memoir in the form of a novel. "Not a word about guilt and other unwelcome deliveries." The last...Show More Summary
This week: the story of a Frenchman's epic journey from Paris to Pakistan by car, the latest from novelist Paul Auster about a neighborhood in Brooklyn, and Gunter Grass' unusual new memoir/novel. The Way of the WorldBy Nicolas Bouvier It was a...
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Günter Grass' Tales from the Darkroom, The Box, just out in English.
NPR is streaming tracks from Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming album of outtakes from the Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions, The Promise: The Lost Sessions: Darkness on the Edge of Town. (out November 16th) Gunter Grass talks to the Guardian...
by Zoe Pollock Der Spiegel interviewed German author Günter Grass about his new book on the German history and language behind the Brothers Grimm, Grimms' Words. A Declaration of Love: SPIEGEL: You describe the two brothers as "word sleuths," who... Adolf Hitler - German language - Brothers Grimm - Der Spiegel - Hindu Kush
In an interview with Spiegel, Günter Grass talks about writing after the Nobel Prize, his involvement with Hitler Youth, the e-book movement, and his “declaration of love” to the Brothers Grimm. (via Bookslut)
What makes Grass’s memoir such a compelling and unusual master class in the art of fiction is not that he tells the reader how to write, but he shows, through glimpses, how he himself did it, and specifically, how he wrote his own life into his novels.