From the Diary of a Snail
Gunter Grass, Germanys most famous literary figure, is also known in his country as a political speaker. In 1969 Grass gave close to one hundred election speeches for Willy Brandts party, the Social Democrats. His family saw him only intermittently. In his snails diary, he purports to explain, imaginatively as well as factually, why he felt impelled to devote himself to politics.Along with his report on the election campaign, Grass tells the story of the persecution and exile of the Jews of Danzig, his childhood city. He also invents a fictional Jew -- a school teacher nicknamed "Doubt, " a collector of snails -- who becomes a brilliantly bizarre metaphor for his own political philosophy. "Whats progress?" Grass asks, "Being a little quicker than the snail ... and never getting there, children."
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Review: From the Diary of a SnailUser Review - Dej - Goodreads
This is a phenomenal book that's progressive and idealistic, within reason and at the pace of a snail. The writing is also really incredible. Totally different but as beautiful as Umberto Eco. Read full review