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Max: A Play

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A play that satirizes the political confusions of both youthful activists and middle-aged believers in gradual reform. Translated by A. Leslie Willson and Ralph Manheim. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book.
Paperback, 122 pages
Published March 15th 1972 by Mariner Books (first published 1970)
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Nov 28, 2015 Jonfaith rated it really liked it
Freedom of choice and second helpings, that's what they mean by democracy.

Max: A Play is a stage adaptation of Grass' novel Local Anesthetic. I read the novel almost 20 years ago. The primary tension in the novel as well as the play is between generations, a pair of students and a pair of their teachers, separated by largely twenty years. One of the students wishes to protest the Vietnam War by incinerating his dog in a posh area of West Berlin. There was an echo and rippling vertigo while readi
Jun 26, 2007 Andy rated it it was amazing
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This is one of my Favorite plays.

There are 5 characters: two students (male and female), two professors (male and female), and a dentist (male).

Set in Germany during the turbulent era of Vietnam, when students and Academia in general were also protesting and organizing, the play follows a debate between the students and professors, with the dentist playing an unusual role of comic mediator, relating all of the nuances of life he comes across rather cosmically with, well, dentistry. The debate is
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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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