Günter Grass 1927–
West German novelist, poet, playwright, and artist.
As a representative of the generation of Germans who grew to maturity during the Second World War and a former member of the Hitler Youth, Grass in his work is never far from the problems confronting contemporary Germany. He is a brilliant stylist, displaying a genius for handling a variety of narrative styles. Woven into his work are elements of the fantastic, the grotesque, and the absurd, presented in Grass's exuberant linguistic style, replete with puns and other word play. He received the Georg Büchner Prize, Germany's most prestigious literary award, in 1965. Grass once studied to be a painter and sculptor, and now illustrates his own works.
(See also CLC, Vols. 1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 15, and Contemporary Authors, Vols. 13-16, rev. ed.)