From Germany to Germany

From Germany to Germany

Journal of the Year, 1990

Book - 2012
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"Very much the work of a writer conscious of his role as a political man of letters."-- Kirkus Reviews

In January 1990, just months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, G#65533;nter Grass made two New Year's resolutions: the first was to travel extensively in the newly united Germany and the second was to keep a diary, to record his impressions of a historic time.

Grass takes part in public debates, writes for newspapers, makes speeches, and meets emerging politicians. He talks to German citizens on both sides, listening to their bewilderment and their hopes for the future. Ideas for stories take root--his novels The Call of the Toad and Too Far Afield .

From Germany to Germany is also a personal record. Grass reflects on his family, remembers his boyhood, and comments on the books he is reading, the drawings he is making, and the sumptuous meals he cooks for family and friends.

The picture that emerges--not only of the two Germanys struggling for a single identity but of a changed world after the end of the Cold War--is engrossing, passionate, and essential for anyone who wants to understand Europe's new leading nation.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2012
ISBN: 9780547364605
0547364601
Branch Call Number: 838.91409 G769ya2 2012
Characteristics: 264 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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