I have to confess that it is a few years since I read ‘The Tin Drum‘ and I haven’t read anything else by Gunter Grass but I am looking forward to the publication – in English – of the ‘Peeling the Onion‘, the writer’s own memoir, particularly as the writer confessed in interview last year to having been a member of the Waffen-SS.
Gunter Grass has found fame in compelling his fellow Germans to admit their role in the Second World War. Like Heinrich Boll, another great post-war German author, Grass has found himself in the unenviable position of being described as a ‘conscience of the nation’ which made the vitriolic response to his admission in the German media so shocking at the time.
James Meek’s interview – as published in The Guardian – can be found at this link.
More about Gunter Grass can be found at this link to Wikipedia.