Günter Grass


Born
in Freie Stadt Danzig, Poland
October 16, 1927

Died
April 13, 2015

Genre

Influences


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), a key text in European magic realism. His own name for this style was “broadened reality.” His other successes of the period were “Cat and Mouse” (1961) and Dog Years (1963). These novels, along with The Tin Drum, make up what Mr. Grass called his “Danzig Trilogy.”

Grass was born on 16 October 1927, to Willy Grass (1899 - 1979), a Protestant ethnic
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The Tin Drum

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3.95 avg rating — 40,542 ratings — published 1959 — 265 editions
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Cat and Mouse

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3.54 avg rating — 5,625 ratings — published 1961 — 121 editions
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Crabwalk

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3.52 avg rating — 3,263 ratings — published 2002 — 72 editions
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Dog Years

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3.83 avg rating — 1,597 ratings — published 1963 — 69 editions
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The Flounder

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3.78 avg rating — 1,520 ratings — published 1977 — 64 editions
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Peeling the Onion

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My Century

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The Rat

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Local Anaesthetic

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The Box: Tales from the Dar...

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“Even bad books are books and therefore sacred.”
Günter Grass, The Tin Drum

“Because men
are killing the forests
the fairy tales are running away.
The spindle doesn't know
whom to prick,
the little girl's hands
that her father has chopped off,
haven't a single tree to catch hold of,
the third wish remains unspoken.
King Thrushbeard no longer owns one thing.
Children can no longer get lost.
The number seven means no more than exactly seven.
Because men have killed the forests,
the fairy tales are trotting off to the cities
and end badly.”
Gunter Grass, Rat

“Granted: I AM an inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there's a peep-hole in the door, and my keeper's eye is the shade of brown that can never see through a blue-eyed type like me.”
Gunther Grass, The Tin Drum

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