During the Second World War, Grass volunteered for the submarine corps at the age of fifteen but was rejected; two years later, in , he was instead drafted In this extraordinary memoir, Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass remembers his early life, from his boyhood in a cramped two-room apartment in Danzig through the late s, when The Tin Drum was published. During the Second World War, Grass volunteered for the submarine corps at the age of fifteen but was rejected; two years later, in , he was instead drafted into the Waffen-SS. Taken prisoner by American forces as he was recovering from shrapnel wounds, he spent the final weeks of the war in an American POW camp. After the war, Grass resolved to become an artist and moved with his first wife to Paris, where he began to write the novel that would make him famous.
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A great book chronicling the making of a writer, if you can forgive the man of the crucible that forged him. The revelation of the SS membership comes too late in the book. In our American schools, we learn a lot about WWII and the Holocaust, bu This book is nothing more than truly remarkable and fascinating.
Grass can date precisely the end of his childhood: La forma barocca e pesante. While he was idolizing Nazi submarine commande Gunter Grass died last night, and I am in mourning. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He exchanges it for a Wehrmacht jacket. In the end though, I feel like this is a very special book by a very interesting author.
Gunter Grass died last night, and I am in mourning. Peeling the Onion — India. That being said, Grass makes repeated attempts to exculpate himself and the general German pesling from the attrocities inflicted by the Nazi regime.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Thus is his unknowing bewilderment, complicit yet ignorant, precariously preserved.
Grass tried to limit the damage, with a long exclusive interview home-made al fresco lunch thrown in with representatives of the leading conservative newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and in a series of public events, and has generally gone on as though nothing has happened; but this is something that will not get better or go away. So I suppose his personal guilt needs to be taken with a grain of salt. As in the peeling of an onion, one peeping leads to the next, but all are part and parcel of the whole, which is his life.
He does write about it, albeit scantily. Nov 20, Ava rated it liked it. Ostensibly, it concludes with the publication of The Tin Drum, but the energy has drained from it long fhe the end. Towards the end of the war, the illusion of the glorious Nazi Germany unravels for young Grass, again like the proverbial onion, and he defies the administration by pissing into the coffee he delivers to his senior SS staff leaders. He married in and since lived in Berlin as tge as part-time in Schleswig-Holstein.
I come away from this biographical work with a decidedly different reaction. Michael Henry Heim Translator. He prefaces the most dramatic episodes: Throughout the book, Grass is peeling h Almost gave up on mister Grass and his most peculiar style of writing, especially during the rather cumbersome part about his war experiences.
Or to take the high road and cling to the claim that he never fired a shot during the war, but was shot and bombed to hell omion back as a member of a defeated German army in the dying months of WWII, and therefore deserving to hang on to his Nobel Prize for Literature th Reading this intriguing memoir, I wondered why Grass wrote it.
Makes his living as a sculptor and graphic artist and writes a satirical account of the Nazi years, The Tin Drum. He did not participate in any of the war atrocities, but he still feels great shame for what his countrymen had done during the war years, a shame that cannot be undone.
Grass uses the onion metaphor for memory, peeling back the layers that sweat and bring out tears. To expiate himself from the crimes of the Waffen SS to whom he had been attached at the tender age of 17?
Born in Danzig now Gdansk, Poland. I actually put it down for two weeks, unwilling to continue. He was a POW, guntee for a tombstone company, then a sculptor. It was not until after she died that I learned—and then only indirectly from my sister—that to protect her daughter she had offered himself to them.
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A great book chronicling the making of a writer, if you can forgive the man of the crucible that forged him. The revelation of the SS membership comes too late in the book. In our American schools, we learn a lot about WWII and the Holocaust, bu This book is nothing more than truly remarkable and fascinating. Grass can date precisely the end of his childhood: La forma barocca e pesante.
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