Search Results: "Günter Grass"


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THE BOX by Günter Grass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2010

"A short, engaging and puzzling novel: 'He simply dreams us up!' says a daughter, as the reader wonders what to make of these dreams."
A family documentary in the form of a novel, leaving the reader to decide where the line blurs between fact and fiction. Read full book review >

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FROM GERMANY TO GERMANY by Günter Grass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Very much the work of a writer conscious of his role as a political man of letters. Much of what he finds interesting may not interest readers two decades after the fact."
A momentous year for Germany and the author, as detailed in a journal published more than two decades after the fact. Read full book review >

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OF ALL THAT ENDS by Günter Grass
by Günter Grass, translated by Breon Mitchell, illustrated by the author
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Fractured but elegant musings on dying and, most poignantly, living."
Last words and images from the Nobel Prize-winning writer. Read full book review >

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THE CALL OF THE TOAD by GÅnter Grass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Spun like a jazz solo, the book seems a lot more casual than you later realize it is—which is one of its choicest pleasures."
An aging German art-historian, Alexander Reschke, meets a Polish woman, Alexandra Piatkowska, a fine-arts re-gilder, at an outdoor flower-stall in Gdask, Poland (once Danzig). Read full book review >

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THE FLOUNDER by Gunter Grass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 1978

"Ambitious readers can plunge into this Hood-like phantasmagoria of the battle-of-the-sexes; all readers can stand on the shore and admire some of Grass' inventive ripples."
A whale of energy and ambition and playfulness and dullness and miscellany. Read full book review >

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TWO STATES, ONE NATION? by Gunter Grass
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"In any event, Grass' conscience-driven arguments are more than likely to fall away into irrelevance."
A quixotic collection of speeches and essays that bewails the current trend toward reunification of the two Germanys. Read full book review >

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CAT AND MOUSE by Gunter Grass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1963

"A tantalizing, eloquent, strange and strangely moving book, filled with remarkable scenes, a tragi-comic vitality and a transcendental vision."
Gunter Grass' second novel is quite different in character from The Tin Drum. less of a showcase for an obstreperous talent (although there are still scenes of caricature and occasional scabrous humor), it is a more controlled book and far more internalized. Read full book review >

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DOG YEARS by Gunter Grass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1965

"An important book which will receive an important press."
Dog Years is a meditation on modern history in the guise of a novel, a study of Germany before, during and after the Second World War, a tale of the interrelated fortunes of two friends, Walter Matern, Aryan, and Eddi Amsel, half-Jew. Read full book review >

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THE OX AND THE DONKEY by Günter Spang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"It's a quiet sort of miracle, accomplished with no outward sign of supernatural agency. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Bright, misty lighting gives Koopmans's (Cinderella, 1999, etc.) delicately modeled crèche scenes a mystical air, nicely suiting Spang's tale of a bullying ox who is transformed by the Nativity, becoming a loving friend to the donkey, his former victim. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 23, 1966

"The name assures attention."
Subtitled "A German Tragedy," Gunter Grass's first full-length play corruscates the intellectuals in the persona of Bertold Brecht for their betrayal of the workers of East Germany who rose against the Communists on June 17, 1953. Read full book review >

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FOUR PLAYS by Gunter Grass
Released: March 22, 1967

"Ralph Manheim and A. Leslie Wilson."
From his early plays, four which "show the brilliant inventiveness and the verbal pyrotechnics which made his later novels electrifying." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 1969

"Fittingly, this middle-of-the-road statement of faith bears a laudatory introduction from Michael Harrington, another worthy Old Leftist somewhat out of touch with contemporary unheavals."
In 1965, the so-widely-respected (aber hier so-awkwardly-translated) German author Gunter Grass hit the campaign trail in support of Social Democrat Willy Brandt's bid for the Chancellorship. Read full book review >