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Gunter Grass

Awards: Nobel Prize in Literature-1999

Nobel Committee in its citation stated that Gunter Grass was one  "Whose frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten face of history"

Born: 16/10/1927 in Danzig-Langfuhr, now Gdańsk, Poland

Citizen: German

Language: German

Günter Wilhelm Grass was born to Polish-German parents in free city of Danzig which is now in Poland. Grass had a magical attachment with Danzig  and the memories of the place are rekindled in his works from time to time. Grass was raised as a Roman Catholic and the atmosphere in his house, he describes as stuffy catholic lower middle class.

   During the final days of the Second World War, Grass was drafted into 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg, was wounded & captured by the Americans and was sent as a Prisoner-of-War. His birth place Danzig was captured by Soviet Army, annexed to Poland and the German population there were expelled. Grass had to take refuge in West Germany.

  Grass had an active social & political life. In 1980s, he was involved with Peace Movement and was in Kolkata, India for 6 months. He published his diary with drawings (as part of his experience) as Zunge zeigen, an allusion to Kali's tongue. During the years leading to the Unification of Germany in 1989-90, Grass argued against unification as he apprehended that unified Germany would revert to its earlier role as a belligerent nation-state.

Grass's reputation as a thought provoking writer spread to the English speaking world with the publication of his first novel, The Tin Drum. This novel along with Cat and Mouse & Dog Years form the Danzig trilogy.

   Grass will also be remembered for his work, Crabwalk, published in 2002 which has put him as the most remembered living writer of Post-War Germany.

Notable Works:Danziger Trilogy: Die Blechtrommel  -- The Tin Drum(1959/1959), Katz und Maus-- Cat and Mouse(1961/1963), Hundejahre-- Dog Years(1963/1965), Gleisdreieck-- Poems,1960(1960), Die Plebejer proben den Aufstand-- The Plebians Rehearse the Uprising (1966/1966) , Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke-- From the Diary of a Snail (1972/1973), Unkenrufe-- The Call of the Toad  (1992/1992)Im Krebsgang-- Crabwalk  (2002/2002), Beim Häuten der Zwiebel -- Peeling the Onion  (2006/2007),Dummer August--- Poems,2007  (2007/2007), Die Box--- The Box  (2008/2010), Unterwegs von Deutschland nach Deutschland. Tagebuch 1990 -- From Germany to Germany: Diary 1990  (2009/2012)

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