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Peeling the Onion Grass, Gunter/ Heim, Michael Henry (TRN) 1 of 1
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0156035340
ISBN-13: 9780156035347
Sku: 205770893
Publish Date: 6/1/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  425
Age Range:  NA
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In this extraordinary memoir, Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass remembers his early life, from his boyhood in a cramped two-room apartment in Danzig through the late 1950s, when "The Tin Drum "was published.During the Second World War, Grass volunteered for the submarine corps at the age of fifteen but was rejected; two years later, in 1944, he was instead drafted into the Waffen-SS. Taken prisoner by American forces as he was recovering from shrapnel wounds, he spent the final weeks of the war in an American POW camp. After the war, Grass resolved to become an artist and moved with his first wife to Paris, where he began to write the novel that would make him famous.Full of the bravado of youth, the rubble of postwar Germany, the thrill of wild love affairs, and the exhilaration of Paris in the early fifties, "Peeling the Onion--"which caused great controversy when it was published in Germany--reveals Grass at his most intimate.
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A Nobel-prize-winning playwright and writer provides his memoir that recounts his life beginning in Danzig, Germany, at the start of World War II, to his enlistment in the Waffen-SS as a tank gunner, and experiences in an American POW camp. Reprint.
Gunter Grass's PEELING THE ONION caused a furor in Germany after its publication when it revealed for the first time that Grass had been a member of the Waffen SS, the combat wing of Hitler's feared secret police. Detractors and defenders were numerous, and some groups demanded that Grass return his Nobel Prize for literature, but no one should take a stance until they have read Grass's exuberant memoir, which has the same zest for life and gnawing guilt that animate his novels. Grass slips in and out of third person when discussing his life, and it is not always easy to discern fact from fiction--did he meet Pope Benedict XVI when he was a teenage member of the Hitler Youth? Probably not--but Grass's true sense of shame over his own involvement in Germany's dark past is powerfully felt. For fans of Grass's literature, the book will provide delightful insights into his boisterous postwar life, his bohemian antics, his lovers, his love of jazz, and his formative years as a writer. This is no typical memoir: it also includes whimsical profiles of "characters" important in Grass's life, including his penis and his typewriter.
Author Bio
Gunter Grass
Gunter Grass was born in 1927 into a middle-class Polish-German family in Danzig-Langfuhr (now Gdansk, Poland). During World War II, he served in the German army; he was wounded and imprisoned by the Americans until 1946. Grass studied art and sculpture after the war, and only began writing seriously when his wife entered one of his poems in a contest. His first novel, THE TIN DRUM (1959), a satire of Germany before and after the war, was an immediate success; it was the first volume of a trilogy that also includes CAT AND MOUSE (1961) and DOG YEARS (1963). Grass is an accomplished lithographer, and much of his prose is illustrated with his own interpretations of the narrative. All his novels, as well as several plays and volumes of poetry, reflect his liberal politics and social activism, but he lost many admirers when he came out strongly against German unification in the early 1990s. Grass was the recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. He again caused an uproar in 2006 when he confessed to serving as a teenager in the combat wing of the Nazi Schutzstaffel.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0425
Product attributePublisher:   Harvest Books
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