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Two States--One Nation?

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As the Berlin Wall crumbled and the two Germanys became one, Grass was one of a few who spoke out against reunification. In this collection of speeches and debates on the factors destined to reshape Europe, he is caustic, indignant, reflective, and compelling. Translated by Krishna Winston with A. S. Wensinger. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 31st 1991 by Mariner Books (first published September 28th 1990)
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A brisk affair at 123 pages. Liked it, however it's obviously not going to be everyone's cup of tea. We're talking about a book published in 1990, a collection of ten public addresses* about about whether or not there should be a reunification of West Germany and East Germany. You see where I'm going with this? Yes, the book's subject matter is dated, since - as we all know - the reunification of Germany happened 25 years ago.

Günter Grass was not in favour of reunification, but rather of the two
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To emphasize what the only other user review on gr says about this slim collection, I purchased it at a used book store for <$1.00 [usd], where it was filed in the 'fiction' section. Regardless, 's a good read [hey, ...], which-- comprised of speeches, essays, and interviews with Herr Grass-- amounts to an earnest and rhetorically compelling plea to Europe and the German states, in favor of social democratic principles. Most interesting items are speeches titled "What is the German's Fatherla ...more
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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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