Günter Grass: “El Dolor es la Principal Causa que me hace Trabajar y Crear”

In a rare Spanish interview conducted shortly before his death, Grass discusses his relationship with 20th century, particularly German, literature.  As mentioned before on this site, Grass felt deeply indebted to Kafka and Döblin as intellectual and artistic influences.  The title of this interview roughly translates to “Pain is the main cause of my work.”  Such a title is in keeping with much of what Grass writes elsewhere: that his work is a reflection of his own internal experience of diasporic trauma.  As a result, much of what is discussed involves current geopolitics as they relate to Grass’ literary and political project.

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