Other Literary Forms
In addition to drama, Günter Grass is best known for his novels, shorter fiction, poetry, political essays and speeches (he is an active Socialist), and ballet libretti. His first novel, Die Blechtrommel (1959; The Tin Drum, 1961), reflects its author’s concern with the rehabilitation of humanity in postwar Nazi Germany in particular and in a nearly absurd postwar society in general. Grass is also an artist, having published prints and sketches, some in conjunction with his literary works. In addition to his several volumes of political essays and other writings, Grass’s aesthetic writings include essays about poetry and the possibilities of literature after Auschwitz.