Günter Grass: after the nationalist enthusiasms of his youth he opted for scepticism and moderation, shunning ideological extremes. Photograph: Michael Probst/AP

Günter Grass, who has died aged 87, was Germany’s best-known postwar novelist, a man of huge energy and zest who, besides his fiction-writing, enjoyed(...)

Günter Grass: darkly exuberant, experimental fiction

How to define Günter Grass? All things to all men; novelist, visual artist, witness, 1999 Nobel Literature Laureate, commentator, polemicist, world(...)

Nobel prize-winning German writer Gunter Grass attends a news conference to promote his latest book “Peeling the onion” in Madrid in 2007. Grass died on April 13, 2015. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters 1:25

Germany’s celebrated and controversial Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass has died aged 87.His 1959 debut novel ‘The Tin Drum’ established Mr Gra(...)

Malte Herwig: ‘I discovered the story of denial, lies and subterfuge lasted to the present day.’

I was 37 when I first asked whether my grandfather had been a member of the Nazi Party. The question had often lurked in the background of our convers(...)

The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass

It is Halloween, but it is also Reformation Day in Germany. Exactly 497 years ago Martin Luther strode up to the castle church in Wittenberg and na(...)

Siegfried Lenz: best known for his novel “The German Lesson (Deutschstunde)”, published in 1968

Siegfried Lenz, who has died aged 88, was one of Germany’s most significant postwar writers whose novels explored individuals’ culpability for the hor(...)

Frank Schirrmacher, who has died aged 54, was a co-publisher of one of Germany’s most respected newspapers, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), (...)

Roddy Doyle signed the appeal, which will be carried in 27 newspapers worldwide

Five Nobel literature laureates are among 560 international writers who today have put their names to an appeal, “A stand for democracy in the digital(...)

 Christian Democrats (CDU) leader Angela Merkel with German Social Democrats (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel (left) and chairman of the Bavarian Christian Democrats (CSU) Horst Seehofer after they signed the three-party coalition pact yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

More than two months after the German general elections, Angela Merkel’s CDU party has reached an agreement to form a coalition government with the So(...)

Marcel Reich-Ranicki

Marcel Reich-Ranicki, who has died aged 93, operated at the heart of European culture for more than half a century. The most influential literary crit(...)