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Novemberland: Selected Poems, 1956-1993

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Before Gunter Grass's First Novel, The Tin Drum, received international acclaim as one of the most important postwar novels ever written, Grass was renowned in his native country for his poetry. Informed by the same baroque inventiveness and mordant wit that characterize such celebrated prose works as The Tin Drum, Cat and Mouse, Dog Years, and The Flounder, these poems de ...more
Hardcover, 163 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 1966)
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Jul 26, 2014 Florencia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who are not afraid of being swept away by symbolism
...mirrors play at being nature. (5)

Our city our city.
All scattered lies Berlin,
leans with its fire walls against winds...

For it was in this, ivy,
the growth rate of immortality,
that he surpassed us.

Some rational nonsense in his lines.
A wounded Germany in his heart.
A little humor.
A little tragedy.
Absorbing creativity.

Two poems for a review:

Nursery Rhyme
Who laughs here, who has laughed?
Here we have ceased to laugh.
To laugh here now is treason.
The laugher has a reason.

Who weeps here, who
Feb 12, 2012 Krzysztof rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry, ebook, 2012, reviewed
Largely inaccessible, yet I'd liked the poems in "The Rat." Maybe it's the translation? The context?
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Günter Wilhelm Grass was a Nobel Prize-winning German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, and sculptor.
He was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). Since 1945, he lived in West Germany, but in his fiction he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood. He always identified himself as a Kashubian.

He is best known for his first novel, "The Tin Drum" (1959)
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