Günther Grass


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Günter Wilhelm Grass (born 16 October 1927) is a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is widely regarded as Germany's most famous living writer.

Grass was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). In 1945, he came to West Germany as a homeless refugee, though in his fiction he ... more »

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  • ''Art is uncompromising and life is full of compromises.''
    Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. Quoted by Arthur Miller in Paris Review (Flushing, New York, Summer 1966).
  • ''Believing: it means believing in our own lies. And I can say that I am grateful that I got this lesson very early.''
    Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. Television broadcast, Nov. 3, 1992, "Omnibus," BBC.
  • ''Even bad books are books and therefore sacred.''
    Günther Grass (b.1927), German author. the narrator (Oskar Matzerath), in The Tin Drum, bk. 1, "Rasputin and the Alphabet," (1959), trans. by R. Manhe...
  • ''Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same. Pointless and yet necessary, that's hard for a puritan to understand.''
    Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. Interview, New Statesman & Society (London, June 22, 1990).
  • ''Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information. We are unable to take it all in.''
    Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. Interview in New Statesman & Society (June 22, 1990).
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