Günter Grass

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Günter Grass
Günter Grass in 2006
Günter Grass in 2006
Born(1927-10-16)16 October 1927
Free City of Danzig
Died13 April 2015(2015-04-13) (aged 87)
Lübeck, Germany
OccupationNovelist, poet, playwright, essayist, sculptor, graphic designer
Literary movementVergangenheitsbewältigung
Notable worksDie Blechtrommel
Katz und Maus
Im Krebsgang
"Was gesagt werden muss"
Notable awardsGeorg Büchner Prize
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Nobel Prize in Literature
Prince of Asturias Awards


Günter Wilhelm Grass (16 October 1927 in Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) – 13 April 2015 in Lübeck[1]) was a German writer and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was known for writing the controversial, but yet classic novel The Tin Drum.

Life[change | change source]

Grass was born in Danzig in 1927 and went to school there. In the World War II he had to serve in the military, afterwards he was a prisoner of war of the U.S. army. In 1945 and 1946 he worked as a stonemason. During the rise of Nazi Germany, Grass drafted into the Waffen-SS, the elite armed wing of the Nazi Party.[2] He revealed this in 2006.[2] He said if he had joined the armed wing when he was older, he would have faced war crimes.[2]

From 1946 he studied arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste) in West Berlin. He was a member of the German group of writers known as group 47.

He has lived in North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin and Schleswig-Holstein. He lived in Lübeck. In 1959 he published The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), his most famous work. Grass was always interested in politics and helped in the election campaigns of the SPD. He was a friend of Willy Brandt. Grass was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1999.

Grass died from a lung infection at his home in Lübeck, aged 87.[3]

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Danziger Trilogie
    • Die Blechtrommel (Tin Drum) (1959)
    • Katz und Maus (Cat and Mouse)(1961)
    • Hundejahre (Dog Years)(1963)
  • Örtlich betäubt (Local Anaesthetic) (1969)
  • Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke (From the Diary of a Snail) (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)
  • Letzte Tänze (2003)

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Günter Grass im Alter von 87 Jahren gestorben". Faz.net (in German). 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Günter Grass: From the Nazi Waffen-SS to the Nobel prize for literature". IBTimes.com. 13 April 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  3. "Renowned German author Günter Grass dies, aged 87". DW.de. Retrieved April 14, 2015.

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