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 in the Free City of Danzig on 16 October 1927, to Willy Grass (1
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3.96 avg rating — 35,011 ratings — published 1959 — 220 editions
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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

Polls

March 2016 New School Group Read

1950, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, 182 pages
 
  28 votes, 13.5%

1987, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, 296 pages
 
  26 votes, 12.6%

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 481 pages
 
  20 votes, 9.7%

1965, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 343 pages
 
  20 votes, 9.7%

 
  15 votes, 7.2%

1955, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 307 pages
 
  14 votes, 6.8%

1963, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, 179 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.8%

1928, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, 228 pages
 
  11 votes, 5.3%

1987, Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pages
 
  11 votes, 5.3%

 
  10 votes, 4.8%

 
  9 votes, 4.3%

1919, Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson, 240 pages
 
  8 votes, 3.9%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  8 votes, 3.9%

1958, The Tin Drum by Günter Grass, 567 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.4%

1920, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, 1168 pages
 
  4 votes, 1.9%

 
  2 votes, 1.0%

1937, Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato, 256 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.0%

1949, The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, 342 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.0%

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