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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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Not so much “peeling the onion” as “applying the varnish”.

Memory, argues Grass, ‘tends to play hide and seek, to crawl away’. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Now I remember, now I forget

Grass tried to limit the damage, with a long exclusive interview home-made al fresco lunch thrown in with representatives of the leading conservative newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and in a series of public events, and has generally gone on as though nothing has happened; but this is something that will not get better or go away.

This may be because I have no connection with Grass the sculptor, poet, tye, man, particularly. We end up with contradictions.

It demands far more thoughtful attention as a book than the barrage of attacks on Grass the man have allowed.

If so, one hunter conclude he knew full well what the SS stood for. Notes about the Reviews and the Book’s Reception:. He prefaces the most dramatic episodes: After the war, Grass resolved to become an artist and moved with his first wife to Paris, where he began to write the novel that would make him famous.


Memory is the onion of the title: I did call most everything into question, then I kept on. As in The Tin Drum, the corruption of Nazism entails complicit infantilisation – ‘Faith in the Fuhrer was child’s play.

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E o mesmo se pode dizer de a “Rosebud” de O. Sicuramente la migliore autobiografia che mi sia passata per th mani. Also I found his ;eeling irritating, on and on about the onion. Mom lived through many of the same events that Mr. InGrass caused controversy with his disclosure of his Waffen-SS service during the final months of World War II, which he had kept a secret until publishing his memoir that year.

There were demands that Grass be stripped of his Nobel Prize.

It feels like he is speaking directly to me. There are important categories such as “the poetry of fact”, even “the truth of fact”, that are simply inimical to him they are no good to a polemicist or pewling fabulist. Now, possibly threatened by its imminent disclosure – the relevant documents have surfaced lately in Grass’s Stasi file – or in an gunnter to keep some sort of “authorial” control over it, he has published it, and impertinently required readers to pay for it, the only significant revelation in a long and miserably bad book.

Peeling the Onion

This, in fact, is his greatest regret as he looks back at that complacent young man growing up in Nazi Germany; he never asked any questions about anything. He tells us he ‘never looked through a sight, never fired a trigger, never fired a shot’. Published June 25th by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt first published Grass was raised a Catholic. 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.


This lifelong silence, and the manner of his breaking it, have hurt Grass’s reputation in ways from which it will never recover, and which, depressingly, he seems not even to have understood.

It was not until after she died that I learned—and then only indirectly from my sister—that to protect her daughter she had offered himself to them. As child becomes soldier, a different metaphor takes over the story.

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Peeling the Onion by Günter Grass – Penguin Books New Zealand

Hiding in a dark wood, he sings in terror a catch from a nursery rhyme; it is answered by the fairytale figure of a veteran lance-corporal, whose name Grass never knows. A great book chronicling the making of a writer, if you can forgive the man of the tge that forged him.