Günter Grass was born in Danzig, Germany, 90 years ago on October 16, 1927 and died on April 15, 2015. He was a preeminent German writer and playwright, excelling also in poetry and the fine arts. Throughout his career, he sought to re-examine Germany’s troubled past.
The recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature, Grass’ most famous work is the 1959 novel “The Tin Drum”, which was also made into a film and won the 1979 Palme d’Or. “The Tin Drum” was the first book in the Danzig Trilogy and was written in a style that was an amalgam of magic and realism.
In 2006 Grass published the first of 3 autobiographies “Peeling the Onion”, creating controversy when he revealed in an interview that he had been a member of the Waffen SS.
In April 2015, I published a blog entitled “Günter Grass – Blunt and Forceful in Calcutta!“: He had died on April the 13th that year, and I tried to recall the brief time we had spent together in that vibrant Bengali city well-known throughout India and internationally for its cultural diversity of musicians, filmmakers, poets and painters.
References: Wikipedia; My Diary
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