Gunter Grass

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John Boyne: ‘All I ever wanted was that kids would be moved enough by the story that they would develop the same interest in this period of history as I had.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Last week, the author John Boyne pointed out what he saw as a troubling trend in publishing. “I can’t help but feel that by constantly using the same (...)

People pay their respects in front of dozens of coffins containing remains of more than 600 victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. File photograph: Themistocles Hakizimana/Reuters

Between 2001 and 2015, sales of translated fiction grew by 96 per cent. One reason, argues Daniel Hahn, who last year established a prize for first tr(...)

Hegel Bollard, 2016, by Stephen Brandes. Courtesy of the artist and Oonagh Young Gallery

Parc du Souvenir: Stephen Brandes Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin **** Stephen Brandes relates that he invented a kind of fictional alter ego, Alfred (...)

Mein Kampf: “At least with authoritative and objective contextual information, its republication will contribute to that education; it will also serve as a reminder of what a turgid, boring, rambling and terrible read it is.” Photo: Russ Juskalian/The New York Times

To publish or not to publish Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf? That is the question that has arisen at various stages since the end of the second World War a(...)

In his last ever book, published in Germany at the end of last week, Nobel prize-winning novelist and poet Günter Grass issues a beyond-the-grave warning about rising vitriol towards refugees. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

For much of his lifetime, he was the personification of Germany’s moral conscience, with literary interventions on anything from postwar guilt to the (...)

James Joyce: time to yet again celebrate Joyce’s transfiguration of the commonplace into art. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

Ulysses, written by James Joyce – one of Ireland’s most cantankerous exiles – is very funny, organic, lively and grows on rereading. The more snobbis(...)

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

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(...)

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