Speak Out!
  • 出版Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • 出版語言English
  • 出版日期1969/10/31
  • 尺寸14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • 頁數164頁
  • 裝幀平裝
  • 含外包裝重量0.29kg
  • ISBN9780156847162


Speak Out!

————Speeches, Open Letters, Commentaries


Gunter Grass extends his political commitment beyond his literary work. Using his fame in what he considers the best interests of his nation, he speaks out on all current issues, and fights, in a country without deeply rooted democratic traditions, for the processes of parliamentary democracy. He sees German democracy threatened by postwar developments in a divided Germany and by the rise of extremists on the right and the left.

Grass entered the political arena in 1965, when he delivered fifty-two election speeches throughout Germany in praise of democracy, the Social Democratic Party, and Willy Brandt. In this stirring collection, which includes two election speeches, speeches on student violence and on the Czechoslovakian crisis, open letters to political figures, and political commentaries, Grass the writer appears as Grass the citizen, motivated both by deep concern and by outrage.


Günter Wilhelm Grass (16 October 1927 – 13 April 2015) was a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor, and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Grass, who identified as Kashubian, was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). As a teenager, he served as a drafted soldier since late 1944 in the Waffen SS, and was taken prisoner of war by U.S. forces at the end of the war in May 1945. He was released in April 1946. Trained as a stonemason and sculptor, Grass began writing in the 1950s. In his fiction, he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood.
Grass is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum (1959), a key text in European magic realism. It was the first book of his Danzig Trilogy, the other two being Cat and Mouse and Dog Years. His works are frequently considered to have a left-wing political dimension, and Grass was an active supporter of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). The Tin Drum was adapted as a film of the same name, which won both the 1979 Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1999, the Swedish Academy awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature, praising him as a writer ""whose frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten face of history"".