From the Diary of a Snail

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976 - Fiction - 310 pages
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The German novelist's experiences campaigning for Willy Brandt provide a portrait of Grass the family man, writer, and concerned citizen, and a meditation on his nation's history and civilization's progress. Translated by Ralph Manheim. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book.

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User Review  - nandadevi - LibraryThing

Grass has a special sense of metaphor and history, weaving fantastic stories for adults, just as dark as Grimm's originals. Except the goblins are/were real. Oddly enough for a man who is now 'persona ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

From the Diary of a Snail is a documentary phantasmagoria about Gunter Grass' travels through West Germany in 1969 when he was campaigning for Willy Brandt and the Social Democratic party. In it he ... Read full review


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Günter Wilhelm Grass was born on October 16, 1927 in the Free City of Danzig, which is now Gdansk, Poland. He was a member of the Hitler Youth and at the age of 17, he was drafted into the German army. Near the end of the war, he served as a tank gunner in the 10th SS Panzer Division. He was captured by the Americans and forced to visit the newly liberated Dachau concentration camp. After his release from a POW camp in 1946, he worked in a potash mine and as a stonemason's apprentice and studied painting and sculpture in Düsseldorf. His first novel, The Tin Drum, was published in 1959. It was adapted into a film and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1979. His other works included Cat and Mouse, Dog Years, From the Diary of a Snail, The Flounder, The Rat, and Crabwalk. He also wrote a memoir entitled Peeling the Onion. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. He was also a political activist and liberal provocateur. He advocated for environmental conservation, debt relief for poor countries, and generous policies regarding political asylum. He died on April 13, 2015 at the age of 87.

Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961) was a French writer and doctor whose novels are antiheroic visions of human suffering. Accused of collaboration with the Nazis, Celine fled France in 1944 first to Germany and then to Denmark. Condemned by default (1950) in France to one year of imprisonment and declared a national disgrace, Celine returned to France after his pardon in 1951, where he continued to write until his death. His classic books include Journey to the End of the Night, Death on the Installment Plan, London Bridge, North, Rigadoon, Conversations with Professor Y, Castle to Castle, and Normance.

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