Sunday, August 20, 2006

Gunter Grass

It would be a gross derelection of duty not to link to Daniele Johnson's two Open letters to Gunter Grass.

An Open Letter to Gunter Grass

An open Letter to Gunter Grass Part II


I won't be the only one to go over what Grass I have read. Two things came to mind before getting to the bottom of the first page of the first letter: remembering listening to a radio adaptation of The Tin Drum, which was impossible to listen to in one sitting because of the screeching (silent in the novel, which is novel and ironic); and (as Johnson eventually does) thinking of Mann.

Darran Anderson {2} in Literary Kicks did a long post on Gunter grass and The Tin Drum on 9 April 2003, which quite a few people might find a good way to revise this.
Never before had a country needed someone as much as Germany needed Gunter Grass. You could, if you were feeling especially pretentious, go so far as to say if Gunter Grass had not existed it would be necessary to invent him.

I'll put a few links to other Grass here:

Not an open letter by Elizabeth Kiem, 22 August 2006, Morning News

Briefing: has Gunter Grass been discredited? by Roger Boyles, Berlin correspondent

Who can be saved? Daniel Silliman, Clayton Daily News, 16 August 2006

Gunter grass is my hero, as a writer and a moral compass
John Irving, Guardian 9 August 2006

John Berger: The denial of true reflection Guardian, Monday August 21, 2006

Christopher Hitchens: Snake in the Grass, Slate 22 August 2006

Eric Rentschler's review of Volker Schlöndorff's film

BookRags Book Notes on The Tin Drum." 20 August 2006
study guide with chapter substantial chapter summaries

Excerpt from The Tin Drum from


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