The Life and Work of Gunter Grass

Literature, History, Politics

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  • 9781403916082
  • 9780230286603
Awarded the Nobel Prize in English in 1999, Günter Grass is the most influential German writer since the Second World War. His books have always challenged conventional attitudes and outraged readers. From The Tin Drum (1959), where he broke down the wall of silence which surrounded ordinary people's involvement in the Third Reich, to Too Far Afield (1995), which upset the reigning consensus on the success of German reunification, he has attracted controversy. He is also an undisputed master of the German language, whose style has inspired novelists in the English-speaking world, from Salman Rushdie and Graham Swift to John Irving.

This book shows how Grass's experiences as a teenager in Hitler's Germany shaped his thinking, both in his literary writing and in his role as campaigner and critic. Julian Preece draws on unpublished correspondence, the memoirs of contemporaries and the most recent research, to present a rounded portrait of the most important German writer since Thomas Mann. This new paperback edition includes a Guide to Further Reading and chronology of key dates, as well as a new chapter on Grass's latest works, Crabwalk and My Century.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; February 2004
  • ISBN: 9780230286603
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  • Title: The Life and Work of Gunter Grass
  • Author: Preece, Julian, Dr
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
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  • 0230286607
  • 9781403916082
  • 9780230286603

In The Press

'The study goes far beyond a mere introduction to the man and his work. Rather, in its combination of trenchant analyzes of the major texts, elucidation of the historical-political background, and skilful summary of the major battles Grass fought with his critics as well as other issues that affected his career, the work is a significant achievement that will take its rightful place among the literature on Grass.' - Seigfried Mews, Professor of German, The University of North Carolina

'Preece's book is an admirably comprehensive account of Grass's literary biography right down to the recent best-seller My Century.' - Professor J.H. Reid, Department of German, University of Nottingham
Reviews of hardback edition:

'Julian Preece combines literary analysis and elucidation of the historical-political context that so incisively shaped Grass's generational experience that informs all his writing, fiction and non-fiction, and all his public utterances...Yet the emphasis Preece places on the political, historical, and biographical context does not detract from his careful reading of Grass's texts. In incorporating biographical details...Preece draws attention to a dimension of the text that is often neglected and goes far beyond a mere introduction.' - Siegfried Mews, German Quarterly

'...satisfying...enormously rewarding.' - German Studies Review

'...[for] anyone interested in Grass... [this would] provide a useful or even necessary foundation.' - Brad Prager, Seminar

'...well written and well researched and can be read by specialists and non-specialists alike.' - Kerstin T. Gaddy, South Atlantic Review

About The Author

JULIAN PREECE studied at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate on Gunter Grass in 1991. After appointments at London and Huddersfield, he now teaches German and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Kent. His research concentrates on the intersections between literature and history, and fiction and biography. He is the author (with Waldemar Lotnik) of Nine Lives: Ethnic Conflict in the Polish-Ukrainian Borderlands (1999) and the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Kafka (2002). Since 1994 he has been a co-editor of the Bradford Series of Colloquia on Contemporary German Literature.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0230286607
  • 9781403916082
  • 9780230286603