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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Peeling the Onion

He guntef not 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.

Grass is wearing SS uniform; does he understand its significance? They are two pages of failed writing that should be put in a textbook, and quarried for their multiple instances of bad faith. Quite a few found it to be a very good book, too. They had tried doing it by themselves in her room with a lnion onion, but it wasn’t the same.

Now I remember, now I forget

An autobiography of Guenter Grass, or how a sculptor became a poet and an author. Peeling the Onion was the most discussed book of the year in Germany inas Grass dropped what was considered a bombshell in an interview shortly before publication: If the world is making a case that Canadian Omar Khadr was brainwashed as a child to be a killer, then we have to cut young Gunther some slack. This book is nothing more than truly remarkable and fascinating. Living with little means most of the time.


The modern American memoir has decayed into mawkish, simpering shopworn peeing the sort of thing that was embarrassing back when Sylvia Plath scrawled “Daddy, Daddy, you bastard I’m through,” and now is almost beneath reproach.

He dares us not to graws him. Sometimes the loudest narratives are the ones untold. And that too makes one think this is not a voluntary exercise.

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

Not to sound like a hungover Schopenhauer, but decay and disagreeable ends are to be expected, aren’t they? Michael Henry Heim Translator.

Memory is the onion of the title: There is a kind of plain-spoken and rueful candour that is apparently entirely outside Grass’s gift; perhaps peeilng can only be done by Anglo-Saxon writers. When Peeling the Onion was published in Germany last year, Gunter Grass faced a hailstorm of disdain after he revealed that in the dying months of the Second Grasw War he had been enlisted, aged 17, into the Waffen SS.

The horrible suspicion arises that his deepest project here is the destruction of meaning. To see what peling friends thought of this book, please sign up. Apr 21, Nate H. 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 ginter as though nothing has happened; but this is something that will not get better or go away.

Un compiacimento lessicale a volte stucchevole; altre disgustoso. The compulsion of Grass’s story comes from the way he deliberately flaunts its unreliability.

He does write about it, albeit scantily. We can learn a lot from books like this, I’m sure.

The book is rife with with attempts to offset any surprisingly faint feelings of guilt with copious references to German suffering – saying that the after-effects of the war “[made] victims out of the perpetrators”. 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.


He prefaces the most dramatic episodes: Taken prisoner by American forces as he was recovering from shrapnel wounds, he spent the final weeks of the war in an American POW camp. 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 impertinently required readers to pay for it, the only significant revelation in a long and miserably bad book.

Peeling the Onion reveals, on page after page, that The Tin Drum is largely an autobiography, as seen through the distancing lens of a poet. It does impart a peculiar tone to the narrative.

Almost insufferably self-indulgent but not quite, so I kept reading During the Second World War, Gfass volunteered for the submarine corps at the age of fifteen but was rejected; two years later, inhe was instead drafted into the Waffen-SS. Quotes from Peeling the Onion.

Not unnaturally, one turns the pages, impatient for it to come; and then, when it is gone, one feels too winded – too punched – to carry on through the grwss of it.