GŁnter Grass Gets Into Politics

Posted on September 22, 2009 by

As a writer, GŁnter Grass has never been averse to political matters, and The Times (London) is now reporting that he's upping his involvement in politics as a citizen, campaigning for the Social Democrats:

Now, with the Social Democrats at risk of imploding in eastern Germany, Mr Grass is back on the road, taking his VW minibus emblazoned with GŁnter Grass ? en route from Germany to Germany across the country, filling theatres and concert halls. . . .
The main aim, says the novelist, essayist and poet, is to stop a lurch to the Centre Right on election day, September 27. Voter apathy is his main target.

Only the second English translation in the 50-year history of Grass's masterpiece, The Tin Drum—a very political work—will be publishing next month in the U.S. We're featuring an excerpt in Wherever I Lie Is Your Bed, and we'll also have the book's translator, Breon Mitchell, in San Francisco in November for two public events.