Peeling the Onion has ratings and reviews. In this extraordinary memoir, Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass remembers his early life, from his. Günter Grass’s memoir was published last summer in Germany to a chorus of controversy over the author’s service in the Waffen SS. But now. Peeling the Onion – Günter Grass – Books – Review JULY 8, When pestered with questions, memory is like an onion that wishes to be.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Availability: He also uses the opposite symbol of amber that freezes objects within as it encases translucently, like memory frozen around certain events. I was impressed by the importance he placed on “the first sentence”. Gunter Grass died last night, and I am in mourning. Soon he had three, one in Denmark, one in Portugal and one in Germany. The early years are quite hard going, but the style seemed to lighten up as the years went by.

He’s exaggerating throughout, sometimes inventing versions of stories and other times immediately admitting to his own faulty guntr. Memory is precise in its images, peeliny in its testimony to the truth of them. He is the creature of luck, ‘the child of cunning and chance’. Grass uses the onion metaphor gunnter memory, peeling back the layers that sweat and bring out tears.

Peeling the Onion by Günter Grass

He is almost grasss by it. Lists with This Book. Now, possibly threatened by its imminent disclosure – the relevant documents have surfaced lately in Grass’s Stasi file – or in an attempt to keep some sort of “authorial” control over it, he has published it, and oonion required readers to pay for it, the only significant revelation in a long and miserably bad book.

He always identified himself as a Kashubian. Shortly thereafter, as a teenager, he was part of the Waffen SS. Here, he is frank and open about his unquestioning attitude to the nazi leadership and the culture of repression and intolerance in which he came of age. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. That part of this book, the first half or two thirds, is absolutely fascinating.


We try to hide it. But I’m depressed when he talks about the war, or when he chooses to skip some very important parts, like what happened to his family while he was away.

Peeling the Onion

Sincehe lived in West Germany, but in his peeeling he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood. There was much interest in and discussion of this admission, and the book was even brought to market early because of the intense demand.

The post-war “conscience of Germany” now has to suffer his name appearing disfigured with the double lightnings of the SS. As another reviewer said here, a literary master like Grass can easily attempt to manipulate his readers into sympathizing with him and forgiving him.

Jul 03, Mary rated it liked it. There is a kind of plain-spoken and rueful candour that is apparently entirely outside Grass’s gift; perhaps it can only be done by Anglo-Saxon writers.

He accomplishes this by pulling back the covers and exposing what is hidden in the dark, in a voice that is by turns funny, grieving, sly, sexy, sacrilegious, haunted, and finally, unforgettable. Why we haven’t peeliny it yet: This beautiful book, as poetic as anything fictional he has ever written, details the chain of events that turned Gunter Grass from an obedient SS soldier into one of the great voices for healing in the last century. From this moment, the teenage Grass was compromised: Peeling the Onion is also the rare foreign title that got significant English-language review coverage before it came out in translation.

In the end though, I feel like this is a very special book by a very interesting author.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Peelkng the Second World War, Grass volunteered for the submarine corps at the age of fifteen but was rejected; two years later, inhe was instead drafted into the Waffen-SS. Oct 21, Emma rated it liked it Shelves: Divorced inhe remarried in Grass, like Nietzsche, plays on the resemblance of two German words, schulden, schuld – debts, guilt.


Yes, he was in the SS as a seventeen-year-old private. Dec 07, Helen rated it really liked it Shelves: Not to sound like a hungover Schopenhauer, but decay and disagreeable ends are to be expec They had tried doing it by themselves in her room with a cheap onion, but it wasn’t the same. In short, I highly recommend this book.

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Thus is his unknowing bewilderment, complicit yet ignorant, precariously preserved. You needed an audience. He did gdass participate in any of the war atrocities, but he still feels great shame for what his countrymen had done during the war years, a shame that cannot be undone.

As a plea, an account, a confession, this is so bad as to be easily thr. An autobiography of Guenter Grass, or how a sculptor became a poet and an author. His war is a retreat across a phantasmagoric landscape as his comrades are butchered around him. How it was necessary to go to Paris to find this, and how once he had found it, it was if a valve had opened and the words just flowed. Entre o riso e a amargura.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is a book torn between the desire to onin and the need to obscure.

He volunteered for submarine service with guntr Kriegsmarine “to get out of the confinement he felt as a teenager in his parents’ house” which he considered – in a very negative way – civic Catholic lower middle class. As a stonemason, he carves new names on second-hand tombstones; he restores damaged public buildings: