Günter Grass’ The Tin Drum was published in 1959, and for the following two decades it hovered near the top of any sane person’s list of unadaptable novels. Its protagonist, Oskar Matzerath, deliberately stops growing at the age of 3,...Show More Summary
"The dry Berlin wit sparing no one," writes Gunter Grass in The Tin Drum, and count that as a pop quiz: If you know, you know. If you've been on the other end of that dry Berlin wit sparing no one, you won't forget it.
Now that Mark has won the Nobel Peace Prize, given his connection to the EU, what about the literature prize? Here’s my pitch: Funnier than Dario Fo; more honest than Günter Grass; more coherent than Harold Pinter; as musical as Seamus...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Günter Grass' Diary 1990, From Germany to Germany, now available in English.
Nobel prize-winning German author Gunter Grass on Sunday launched another broadside at Israel, saying it was “an unchecked nuclear power” and an “occupying force.” Speaking on German radio station NDR, the author, already declared persona non grata in Israel over a poem saying it threatened world peace, said: “Israel is an unchecked nuclear power.” “Several [...]
Michael Henry Heim, a well regarded scholar of Slavic languages at UCLA known for his translations of works by Gunter Grass, Milan Kundera, Thomas Mann and Anton Chekhov, has died. He was 69. Heim died Saturday at his home in...
From The Globe and Mail: Nobel prize-winning German author Gunter Grass, declared persona non-grata by Israel over a poem saying it threatened world peace, has published another work critical of the Jewish state. In one of a collection of 87 new pieces, Mr. Grass hails whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in jail for [...]
Günter Grass has waded into foreign policy once more. Having attacked Israel earlier this year in a poem ("What Must Be Said") that unambiguously branded the Jewish state an aggressor willing to use nuclear weapons against Iran, Grass renews that criticism in a new poem called "A Hero in Our...
Make no mistake: Gunter Grass is one of the of the most important novelists of the 20th centruy, one who did more than any other to normalise the German self-image after the Second World War and to make German literature respectable once more on the world page. But we’re in the 21st century now and [...]
At Deutsche Welle Jochen Kürten has a Q & A with Günter Grass biographer and publisher Volker Neuhaus, What drives Günter Grass ? (a question surely better put to Grass himself). Still, lots of fun discussion of the recent Grass-poems......
History is lived forwards but read backwards. We all know this, but often find it easy or convenient to forget. Criticism of Gunter Grass’s poem about Israel makes the point. There were good reasons to criticise the poem’s argument – that Israel as a nuclear power is the chief danger to peace in the Middle [...]
Jacob Heilbrunn It was widely noted during the contretemps over the novelist Gunter Grass' recent effusions about Israel being a threat to world peace that a divide emerged in Germany. On the one side were the intellectual and political elites who condemned his comments. Show More Summary
As part of a more general discussion about what he perceives to be a tendency in some quarters to inflate the current danger of anti-Semitism, Antony Lerman raises the question whether or not Günter Grass's recent poem, 'What must b...
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Gunter Grass's great transgression was to show that Israel is endangering world peace
Author Dave Eggers has declined an invitation from the Gunter Grass Foundation to attend an awards ceremony honoring his novel 'Zeitoun,' citing Grass' recent controversial poem. News by John Jarzemsky Via JTA.org Author Dave EggersShow More Summary
Dave Eggers refuses to accept the Günter Grass award in person due to the recent controversy over Grass’s poem about Israel. “This was the year we all lost.” Ann Patchett on the missing 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Winston Churchill’s...Show More Summary
D.G. Myers:"(P)eople can get away with anti-Semitism these days only by passing it off as…
The late American poet Robert Lowell said he was scared to death by the wave of New York Jewish nationalism accompanying the 1967 War