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The Cambridge Companion to Günter Grass


  • Page extent: 256 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.41 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521700191)

Günter Grass is Germany's best-known and internationally most successful living author, from his first novel The Tin Drum to his recent controversial autobiography. He is known for his tireless social and political engagement with the issues that have shaped post-War Germany: the difficult legacy of the Nazi past, the Cold War and the arms race, environmentalism, unification and racism. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1999. This Companion offers the widest coverage of Grass's oeuvre across the range of media in which he works, including literature, television and visual arts. Throughout, there is particular emphasis on Grass's literary style, the creative personality which inhabits all his work, and the impact on his reputation of revelations about his early involvement with Nazism. The volume sets out, in a fresh and lively fashion, the fundamentals that students and readers need in order to understand Grass and his individual works.

• Grass is widely studied on German and comparative literature courses • This book includes the most up-to-date research from major scholars in the field • Accessibly written, with a chronology and guide to further reading for students


Chronology; Introduction Stuart Taberner; 1. Biography as politics Julian Preece; 2. Günter Grass's political rhetoric Frank Finlay; 3. The exploratory fictions of Günter Grass Patrick O' Neill; 4. Günter Grass and magical realism Peter Arnds; 5. Günter Grass's 'Danzig Quintet' Katharina Hall; 6. Günter Grass and gender Helen Finch; 7. Authorial construction in Günter Grass's prose Rebecca Braun; 8. Günter Grass's apocalyptic visions Monika Shafi; 9. Günter Grass and German unification Stephen Brockmann; 10. Günter Grass's Peeling the Onion Stuart Taberner; 11. Günter Grass as poet Karen Leeder; 12. Günter Grass and art Richard Erich Schade; 13. Günter Grass as dramatist David Barnett; 14. Film adaptations of Günter Grass's prose work Roger Hillman; 15. Günter Grass and his contemporaries in East and West Stuart Parkes; Guide to further reading.


Stuart Taberner, Julian Preece, Frank Finlay, Patrick O' Neill, Peter Arnds, Katharina Hall, Helen Finch, Rebecca Braun, Monika Shafi, Stephen Brockmann, Karen Leeder, Richard Erich Schade, David Barnett, Roger Hillman, Stuart Parkes

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