German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, and sculptor (1927-2015)
Günter Wilhelm Grass (born 16 October 1927 – 13 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
- Even if surrounded with explanations, Auschwitz can never be grasped.
- As quoted in The Boys' Crusade (2003) by Paul Fussell, pg xv ISBN 0-679-64088-6
- Works by or about Günter Grass in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Nobel prize Biobibliographical notes
- Biographical timeline
- Concise biographical information, essays
- Grass' special links to Gdansk
- Less concise biographical information
- Grass admits serving with Waffen-SS
- Survey of reactions to Grass's disclosure of his time in the Waffen-SS from the German and international press
- Grass' "Shame" Over SS Service
- Detailed article on his Waffen-SS membership
- Elizabeth Gaffney (Summer 1991). "Gunter Grass, The Art of Fiction No. 124".
- Gunter Grass discusses The Tin Drum on the BBC World Service programme World Book Club
- Video interview on PBS with Günter Grass by Charlie Rose
- 2007 Real Audio interview at NYPL with Günter Grass and Norman Mailer by Andrew O'Hagan
- Portrait on rosenthalusa.com