Sunday, August 20, 2006

Peter Gay on Gunther Grass

As a Jew who grew up in Nazi Germany in the years leading up to World War II, I can understand her rage. But I think that whatever Mr. Grass has said in election campaigns (usually as a loyal Social Democratic speaker) or in his powerful novels, all essentially on the present or the recent past, retains its value.

New York Times 8/20/2006 [Another opinion, same place, here]

Peter Gay = great historian of European mentalities.
Gunther Grass = greatest novelist of Post-WWII Germany.

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