Peeling the Onion

Peeling the Onion

Book - 2007
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In this extraordinary memoir, Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass remembers his early life, from his boyhood in a cramped two-room apartment in Danzig through the late 1950s, when The Tin Drum was published.During the Second World War, Grass volunteered for the submarine corps at the age of fifteen but was rejected; two years later, in 1944, he was instead drafted into the Waffen-SS. Taken prisoner by American forces as he was recovering from shrapnel wounds, he spent the final weeks of the war in an American POW camp. After the war, Grass resolved to become an artist and moved with his first wife to Paris, where he began to write the novel that would make him famous.Full of the bravado of youth, the rubble of postwar Germany, the thrill of wild love affairs, and the exhilaration of Paris in the early fifties, Peeling the Onion-- which caused great controversy when it was published in Germany--reveals Grass at his most intimate.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., c2007.
ISBN: 9780151014774
Characteristics: 425 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Heim, Michael Henry

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mclarjh
Apr 30, 2015

Wonderful writing, a lot of references to people and scenes that later came to life again in his books.

ser_library Dec 30, 2013

readable, unsentimental, honest memoir of Grass' life and involvement in Germany 1939-1959

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burleighsmith
Mar 17, 2012

Phenomenial! An account like few others of how an artist emerges. But also, a first hand account of how youth (even the most sensitve and caring) are beguiled into the obligatory manly glory of becoming war fodder--in this case joining the Nazi military during its last days. Fascinating and edifying, too, to hear from Grass's perspective about how harsh life was in Germany, first as a POW, in the years following the end of ww2. Certainly a plus if you've read THE TIN DRUM, but this writer's talent of expression will stun you regardless.

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