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.

Transcript of the Interview with Günter Grass (English translation)

To cite this section
MLA style: Günter Grass – Interview. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Media AB 2018. Thu. 15 Nov 2018. <https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1999/grass/interview/>

Back to top Back To Top Takes users back to the top of the page

Explore prizes and laureates

Look for popular awards and laureates in different fields, and discover the history of the Nobel Prize.