Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1999
Günter Grass

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Günter Grass - Interview

Interview, December 1999

Interview (in German) with the 1999 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Günter Grass, 12 December 1999. Grass is interviewed by Horace Engdahl, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, and Pernilla Rosell-Steuer, student. Günter Grass talks about the purpose of literature; how history is presented in his books; his way of focusing on everyday details; the power of literature; the demonic concept in his books; the mixture of fantasy and realism in his texts; and how his characters often come alive.

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Transcript of the Interview with Günter Grass (English translation)


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