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On Writing and Politics, 1967-1983

On Writing and Politics, 1967-1983

By Gunter Grass

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985, 176 pp.

Grass's commitment to political activism has its roots in his childhood under Nazism, in his knowledge that he was spared participating in evil not by virtue but by the accident of his young age. A moralist in politics, he reflects in his essays, inter alia, his growing disillusionment with America, indeed his anger at it. A book that is moving in the retrospective parts, disturbing and symptomatic in its simplicities about the present.