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Nobel laureate German Novelist Gunter Grass died

Apr 14, 2015 09:09 IST

Gunter GrassNobel laureate German novelist Gunter Grass died on 13 April 2015 in Luebeck, Germany. He was 87.

He was a novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. His writings mainly focused on the Nazi era, the horrors of the war and the destruction and guilt that remained after defeat of Germany.

Gunter Grass
• He started writing in the 1950s and is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum published in 1959. The book was a key text in European magic realism and was adapted as a film of the same name, which won both the 1979 Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
• He served in the German military during World War II and was jailed between 1945 and 1946
• He studied sculpture during 1948 and 1956 in Duesseldorf and Berlin
• He was born on 16 October 1927 in the Free City of Danzig (now Poland’s Gdansk)

Some of his works include

Novels
• The Tin Drum published in 1959
• Cat and Mouse published in 1961
• Dog Years published in 1965
• The Rat published in 1986
• The Call of the Toad published in 1992
• Too Far Afield published in 2000
• My Century published in 1999
• Crabwalk published in 2002

Poems
• Letzte Tanze published in 2003
• Dummer August published in 2007
• Gleisdreieck published in 1960
• Ausgefragt published in 1967

His memoir was published in three volumes and they were
• Peeling the Onion published in 2006
• Die Box published in 2010
• Grimms Worter published in 2010

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