Chapter 10 Summary and Analysis: Why I'm Not Where You Are (4/12/78)
This chapter takes the form of a letter to a child. The letter was written at the former site of the shed in Dresden where Oskar's grandfather had a tryst with Anna. The author, Oskar's grandfather, explains in the letter that although his child must think that he has never written, that, in fact, he writes a letter each and every day.
In the letter, Oskar's grandfather recounts his wartime experiences and his relationship with Anna. Anna informs Oskar's grandfather that she is pregnant moments before an air-raid siren sounds and everyone scatters in search of the nearest shelter. He gives a detailed and somewhat graphic account of the bombing of Dresden, replete with burning bodies and...
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