Newswire: R.I.P. Günter Grass, novelist and author of The Tin Drum

Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist who broke through on the international literary scene with The Tin Drum and whose stance as Germany’s “moral compass” was compromised in his later years, has died. He was 87.

Grass was born in what is now the Polish city of Gdansk in 1927; after World War II, he trained as a sculptor, and published his first book of poetry in 1956. Three years later he published what would be his masterpiece, The Tin Drum. The magical-realist, anti-Nazi novel about a boy who wills himself to stop physically growing at the age of three became a worldwide publishing phenomenon, establishing Grass as what The New York Times calls a “leading spokesman for a generation barely old enough to have recalled or participated in Nazi crimes.”

Grass went on to publish a series of celebrated novels, including 1961’s Cat And Mouse and 1963 …

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