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Why There Have Been So Few Posts Lately And I Must Now Vent So Stand By For Language That Will Make Your Hair Stand On End
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R.I.P. Writer Gunter Grass
Gunter Grass, Nobel Prize winner, dies aged 87
Grass, who is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum (1959), a seminal text in European magic realism, died on April 13, in the German city of Lübeck. He was a novelist, poet, essayist, dramatist, sculptor and graphic artist but his reputation was tarnished by his admission he had served in Adolf Hitler’s Waffen SS.
The Tin Drum was a satire of those, like his parents, who were seduced by Nazi ideas and the novel was decried as blasphemous pornography and banned in numerous dictatorships.
I cannot think of a higher praise for a writer’s work than to be banned by dictators.
And guess what? Anyone who calls for a book to be banned is a dictator.
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