Gunter Grass

Gunter Grass' 'The Tin Drum' a piercing work of literature and film

Gunter Grass' 'The Tin Drum' a piercing work of literature and film

In his long and varied career Günter Grass worked as a novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, graphic artist, sculptor, public intellectual and social critic. Grass, who died Monday at age 87, won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1999 but is most widely known for his debut novel, “The Tin Drum,” published in 1959.

The book was adapted into a 1979 movie directed by Volker Schlöndorff with a screenplay credited to Schlöndorff, Jean-Claude Carriere, Franz Seitz and Grass. The film adaptation of “The Tin Drum” shared the Palm d’Or with “Apocalypse Now” at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival and was the first German film to win the...

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