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Günter Grass

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Günter Grass, Nobel Prize-winning author, was born in Danzig in 1927. His parents had a grocery store in Danzig Langfuhr.

The German-Kashubian Grass attended the Danzig Gymnasium Conradinum. He was drafted into the Arbeitsdienst and wounded in 1945, when he was put in an American prisoner camp. In 1946 and 1947 he worked in a mine and received a stonemason's education. For many years he studied sculpture and graphics, first in Düsseldorf, then in Berlin. He also worked as an author and travelled frequently. He got married in 1954 and since 1960 has been living in Berlin as well as part time in Schleswig-Holstein. He took an active role in the Social-Democratic (SPD) party and supported Willy Brandt. Divorced in 1978, he remarried in 1979.

Grass became active in the peace movement and visited Calcutta for six months.

From 1983 to 1986 he held the presidency of the Berlin Akademie der Künste. His best known work in the English language is The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) (film version by director Volker Schlöndorff). He received dozens of international awards and in 1999 the highest honor was awarded to him with the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Representatives of the City of Bremen joined together to establish the Günter Grass Foundation, which is dedicated to establishing a centralized collection of his numerous works, especially his many personal readings and videos and films. The Günter Grass House in Lübeck houses exhibitions, an archive and a library.

Table of contents
1 Bibliography
2 English translations
3 External links

Bibliography

  • Danziger Trilogie
    • Die Blechtrommel (1959)
    • Katz und Maus (1961)
    • Hundejahre (1963)
  • Örtlich betäubt (1969)
  • Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke (1972)
  • Der Butt (1979)
  • Das Treffen in Telgte (1979)
  • Kopfgeburten oder Die Deutschen sterben aus (1980)
  • Die Rättin (1986)
  • Zunge zeigen. Ein Tagebuch in Zeichnungen (1988)
  • Unkenrufe (1992)
  • Ein weites Feld (1995)
  • Mein Jahrhundert (1999)
  • Im Krebsgang (2002)

English translations

  • The Danzig Trilogy
    • The Tin Drum (1959)
    • Cat and Mouse (1963)
    • Dog Years (1965)
  • Four Plays (1967)
  • Speak out! Speeches, Open Letters, Commentaries (1969)
  • Local Anaesthetic (1970)
  • From the Diary of a Snail (1973)
  • In the Egg and Other Poems (1977)
  • The Meeting at Telgte (1981)
  • The Flounder (1978)
  • Headbirths, or, the Germans are Dying Out (1982)
  • The Rat (1987)
  • Show Your Tongue (1987)
  • Two States One Nation? (1990)
  • The Call of the Toad (1992)
  • The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising (1996)
  • My Century (1999)
  • Crabwalk (2002)

External links


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