Speak Out Author:Gunter Grass Born in Danzig in 1927, forced to be one of Hitler's soldiers at sixteen, and an American prisoner of war at seventeen, Gunter Grass extends his political commitment beyond his literary work. His is the unprecedented effort on the part of a German writer to use his fame in what he considers the best interests of the nation, spekaing out on all ... more »current issues, and fighting, in a country without deeply rooted democratic traditions, for the processes of parliamentary democracy. Grass sees German democracy threatened by postwar developmentsin the divided Germany and by the rise of extremists on the right and the left. Eloquent in praise and in invective, Grass the writer appears here as Grass the citizen, motivated both by outrage and by deep concern.
The texts include two of his election speeches, speeches on student violence and on the Czechoslovakian crisis, open letters to political figures and political commentaries.« less