Gunter Grass

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Writer Gunter Grass is shown during a discussion Grass held in connection with the election campaign of the German Social Democratic Party for the elections in September 1965.

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From card catalog: Gunter Grass, novelist, talks about writing. Questions and answers.

Introduction: I think he is a German Joyce, but if he is, I hope he doesn't write anything as incomprehensible as Finnegan's Wake. (Grass is 37 at this time.)

Grass talks briefly about other German writers, writing after the war. Talks about boxing (Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston). Beautifully describes the fight.

Questions: Literature in Eastern Germany? Lists several writers, young and old. Poets only known in Germany. How was the Tin Drum received? It's forbidden in East. Which writers influenced him? It's a long list! The power of interpretation? ... Reaction to critics? Treatment of Hitler in German literature? No author in German literature can work without this period.

Host introduces important guests. Questions continue. Right wing novelists in Germany? None exist. More influenced by poets? Protests against the press in Germany? His predictions on elections (Willie Brown?)? What will he do at Columbia (as the writer in residence)?

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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