Search Results: "Gunter Grass"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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INMARYPRAISE by Gunter Grass
Released: Sept. 11, 1974

A handsomely designed coffee-table edition of Grass' poem in praise of the photographer Maria Rama set against Grass' collages — in pen-and-ink and charcoal — of snails, mushrooms, nuns juxtaposed with colorful photos of himself at work and play. 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 >

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FROM THE DIARY OF A SNAIL by Gunter Grass
Released: Sept. 26, 1973

"A rambling, oddly appealing work, whose cautionary last words would surely be clear to the heart of Camus: 'Only those who know and respect stasis in progress, who have once and more than once given up, who have sat on an empty snail shell and experienced the dark side of utopia, can evaluate progress."
From the Diary of a Snail is a documentary phantasmagoria about Gunter Grass' travels through West Germany in 1969 when he was campaigning for Willy Brandt and the Social Democratic party. Read full book review >

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SHOW YOUR TONGUE by Gunter Grass
Released: May 26, 1989

"Over 200 pages of the author's illustrations (unseen except for four poorly reproduced charcoal sketches) may conceivably provide the real value of this book."
Grass (most recently, On Writing and Politics 1967-1983; The Meeting at Telgte, 1981) spent six months in Calcutta, during 1986-87, escaping his disgust at German politics, recording his impressions of India in words and drawings. 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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CRABWALK by Gunter Grass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Grass as lucid, sardonic, and unsparing as always."
Nobelist Grass (Too Far Afield, 2000, etc.) ponders guilt and memory in an unsettling tale that draws from a forgotten maritime disaster. Read full book review >

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PEELING THE ONION by Gunter Grass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2007

"The reader must decide whether this eloquent self-portrait does express regret, even atonement; represents yet another 'evasion'; or, how much, in the final analysis, the difference actually matters."
The 1999 Nobel Prize-winner tells the story of his childhood, youth and early artistic career in a riveting memoir that has quickly attracted international controversy and not a little righteous anger. 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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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 >