Grass often drew attention to these influences, most of which have been thoroughly investigated in the critical literature. Schriften der Grimmelshausen Gesellschaft , 29 , — The young German author and expellee from the lost city of Danzig was in fact an avid reader of foreign authors in translation.
Legende von ihren heroischen, lustigen und ruhmreichen Abenteuern im Lande Flandern und anderen Orts Jena: Diederichs, As a campaigner and public figure Grass also showed an interest in the welfare of oppressed authors abroad, whether under communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe or China, in Bangladesh during his visit to the sub-continent in —87, or in the Middle East in the s.
On his sole visit to China in , he intervened on behalf of a novel written more than three hundred years ago and still facing censure on account of its explicit sexual content, the anonymously published classic Jin Ping Mei. Grass never specified when he read Jin Ping Mei but two widely circulated German translations of the anonymous seventeenth-century novel, subsequently banned by the Nazis, were published during his childhood.
Gotha: Engelhard-Reyher, — View all notes. Grass enjoyed foreign travel and spent time outside Germany, but once Die Blechtrommel was finished, with the exception of the six-month stay in India, it was to lock himself away at a remote location, either to concentrate on a manuscript or to recuperate after a spell of intensive creative effort.
At the same time and despite being brought up in a bilingual Polish-German environment, Grass read foreign authors in translation only. His fictions are set in German-speaking or formerly German-speaking locations and there are few traces of Polish in his writing, or indeed of any other language. In Grass scholarship much attention has been paid to the international reception of his works. References to an international literary canon and writers such as Rabelais and Joyce made the novel and its dubious hero more palatable to a potentially sceptical readership.
Having established his own international reputation, Grass contributed significantly to enhancing the reputation of post-war German writing as a whole. In his article on Jin Ping Mei and Katz und Maus , Yanhui Wang examines the treatment of sexuality as an integral part of broader societal criticism. When Grass visited China in , he attempted to engage writers in a conversation about his texts, which up to that point had not been permitted to appear in Chinese translation, as well as about the similarly suppressed Jin Ping Mei.
He only succeeded in eliciting polite smiles from his Chinese interlocutors and colleagues.
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As Wang explains, Grass saw parallels between the reluctance to discuss sexual topics in China and the recrimination against his own works in Germany, where accusations of pornographic content were levelled at both Die Blechtrommel and Katz und Maus. Grass had already referred explicitly to Jin Ping Mei when he defended himself in a trial instigated by Kurt Ziesel in the late s. Second, Wang discusses the substantial cuts in the Chinese translation of Katz und Maus , all of them involving sexual content, which parallels similar censorship in editions of Jin Ping Mei. Very dainty and adorable.
The binding is secure to all pages. In acceptable condition. Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class. Two German language children's books. Munchhausen- Wear to paper edges of boards photo 3. Partial splitting to paper inside rear hinge photo 7. Heavy toning to end papers with marks on rear paste down. It is a German children's reader book.
There are 74 pages with no torn or missing pages. Scans are of the actual book for sale. Rare hard cover in German from This is charming children's book written in German. Printed in Switzerland.
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