Günter Grass

German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor
Melancholy and utopia are heads and tails of the same coin.

Günter Wilhelm Grass (born 16 October 192713 April 2015) was a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was widely regarded as Germany's most famous recently living writer.

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  • Even bad books are books, and therefore sacred.
    • The Tin Drum Book 1, "Rasputin and the Alphabet" (1959), as translated by Ralph Manheim (1961)
  • I shall speak of … how melancholy and utopia preclude one another. How they fertilize one another … Of the revulsion that follows one insight and precedes the next … Of superabundance and surfeit. Of stasis and progress. And of myself, for whom melancholy and utopia are heads and tails of the same coin.
    • "On Stasis and Progress"' in Diary of a Snail (1972)
  • We of the long tails! We of the presentient whiskers! We of the perpetually growing teeth! We, the serried footnotes to man, his proliferating commentary. We, indestructible!
    • The Rat (1986), p. 6

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