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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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But memory, like the onion, does more than that. As in The Tin Drum, the corruption of Nazism entails complicit infantilisation – ‘Faith in the Fuhrer was child’s play.

Peeling the Onion by Günter Grass

Dec 07, Helen rated it really liked it Shelves: It makes for fascinating reading, often about love, politics and social issues, but most of all about regret: Sometimes the loudest narratives are the ones untold. It demands far more thoughtful attention as a book than the barrage of attacks on Grass the man have allowed. It is the most obvious, yet the best sustained; memory becomes newsreel, a narrative first imagined by the excited schoolboy in the cinema and then acted out in a series of dramatic sequences, the context unclear: Why we haven’t reviewed it yet: Open Preview See a Problem?

He volunteered for submarine service with the 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.


Peeling the Onion

Germany’s radical conscience of the Cold War years, the Danzig-born champion of the Poles, the righteous polemicist who had torn at Germans’ denial of their gunted memory of Nazism, had suppressed the crucial fact of his personal complicity.

This was a very interesting read after The Tin Drum.

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Apr 14, Lance rated it it was amazing. Grass, like Nietzsche, plays on the resemblance of oniion German words, schulden, schuld – debts, guilt.

But he’s a frustrating guy; you can see how he was one of those who didn’t think to be critical of German policies. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. View all 4 comments. This makes it even more miraculous; how many among us could take the events of our own lives and shape them into a metaphor for a whole country?

He sees it in terms of being able to buy LP records and calf’s liver. After the war, Grass resolved teh become an artist and moved with his first wife to Paris, where he began to write the novel that would make him famous.

Review: Peeling the Onion by Günter Grass | Books | The Guardian

It is both too heavily trailed and too much put off, too perfunctory obion too dilatory, too defensive and too aggressive. The oddest, most dismaying thing about Peeling the Onion is that Grass should ever have attempted anything of the sort, so unwinning, unresonant, unstylish and unconvincing is the result.


True, Grass says he has written it ‘because I want to have the last word’, but the last word does not tell all, nor is it meant to. Sincehe lived in West Germany, but in his fiction he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood. Some critics couldn’t get beyond the fact Grass had been a member of the Waffen-SS and apparently not owned up to that all these years, but even those who tried to look at the book as a whole were generally puzzled by Grass’ description and evasiveness — noting also that Grass emphasises the unreliability of memory and recollection in his memoir.

He works as a miner, ‘crawling through the bowels of the earth He dares us not to believe him.

Now I remember, now I forget

There were demands that Grass be stripped of his Nobel Prize. Topics Biography books The Observer.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But the more layers you peel away, the more I think you’ve become outright delusional. It gave you a real sense of te in sorrow when to the right and left of you and in the gallery overhead your fellow students were all crying their hearts out.

Grass can date precisely the end peelong his childhood: Nov 17, Zebardast Zebardast rated it liked it.