Peeling the Onion is a searingly honest memoir that evokes Grass' modest upbringing in Danzig, his time as a boy soldier fighting the Russians and concludes with the writing of his masterpiece, The Tin Drum, in Paris.
Grass' parents ran a corner shop, but his mother, whom he adored, encouraged him towards books and music. Like most of his peers, he joined the Hitler Youth and in 1944, when he was just 17, he was sent to the Eastern front with the Waffen SS and found himself facing Russian tanks and machine guns. Recovering from shrapnel wounds in a military hospital, he had the good fortune to be taken prisoner by the Americans.
In the aftermath of the war, following a stint as a miner, Grass survived by trading on the black market and resolved to become an artist, eventually enrolling at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf. While living as an artist in Berlin with his first wife Anna, a ballet dancer, he started to concentrate on writing poetry. It was after the couple moved to Paris that the first sentence of the novel he had been determined to write and that would make his reputation came to him: 'Granted: I am an inmate of a mental hospital'.
Peeling the Onion is the story of a remarkable life and is, without question, one of Günter Grass' finest works.
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Peeling the Onion is a searingly honest account of Grass' modest upbringing in Danzig, his time as a boy soldier fighting the Russians, and the writing of his masterpiece, The Tin Drum, in Paris.
It is a remarkable autobiography and, without question, one of Günter Grass' finest works.
By the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Tin Drum.Review:
"An exquisitely constructed narrative... Peeling the Onion is a genuine masterpiece" ( Independent on Sunday)
"A memoir of rare literary beauty" ( New Yorker)
"As a writer, his influence still looms large, and Peeling the Onion is a reminder why. It has that same imaginative accuracy that made The Tin Drum a bestseller" ( The Times)
"An ingenious but treacherous text that glides constantly between past and present, first and third person, memory and imagination" ( Evening Standard)
"This subtle and expertly written book is really a memoir about forgetting" (Sebastian Faulks Sunday Times)
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Book Description Harcourt, 2007 9780151014774, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. NEW hardback in d/w. 425 pages. Translated by Michael Henry Heim. Gunter Grass is the eminent German novelist, best known, perhaps, for The Tin Drum. The blurb tells us "Full of the bravado of youth, the rubble of postwar Germany, the thrill of art and love, and the exhiliration of Paris in the early fifries, Peeling the Onion - which caused great controversy on its publication in Germany - reveals Gunter Grass at his most intimate". John Irving describes Grass as "a daring writer" and says of him "he remains a hero to me, both as a writer and as a moral compass". Bookseller Inventory # 507
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Book Description Harcourt, Inc., Orlando, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 432 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. MEMOIRS. (Key Words: Gunter Grass, Nobel Prize Winners). book. Bookseller Inventory # 42374X2
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Book Description Harcourt, Inc., 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Harcourt 2007 First American Edition, First Printing. Translated by Michael Henry Heim. Condition: fine/fine; new and unread. White hardboards with silver printing; corners sharp; spine ends lightly tucked. Textblock clean, tight, square, unmarked, unread; has slightly bent corner on last few pages of book as if something contacted and bent them a little (affects a few pages of textblock but not the boards.) Unclipped satin-gloss pictorial dust jacket (photo portrait of Grass, smoking) with original $26 price on flap; fine condition. Protected in clear archival Brodart wrapper. Packaged with care and shipped in a box to arrive in best condition. Complete satisfaction guarantee; no sale is final until you are satisfied. Novelist, playwright, essayist, graphic artist and and poet, Grass was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1624124960
Book Description Harcourt, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. New Hardcover. 1st Edition-Stated. 1st Printing-Full Letter Line. New copy. Never read. Not price clipped. Not a remainder. Glue from the bindery is on the a small part of the top pages edges. Still a beautiful copy. Bookseller Inventory # 001667