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Gunter Grass: The past has left its mark on what we thought was virgin territory
14 Apr 2015
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP
Gunter Grass in 2006 ("Günter Grass auf dem Blauen Sofa" by Blaues Sofa from Berlin, Deutschland - Günter Grass im Gespräch mit Wolfgang HerlesUploaded by Magiers. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Gunter Grass in 2006 by Magiers. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Günter Grass, a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature, died on April 13 at the age of 87.

Grass authored two articles for Index on Censorship magazine, both of which have been made freely accessible.

September 1999: After the fall: The year is 1989. A wave of revolution, unexpected and uncontrolled, is gathering momentum on the fringes of the USSR. Within a year or two, it will have swept away the entire Soviet Empire and brought the Cold War to an end

January 2001: I remember: Whenever we make our plans for the future, the past has left its mark on what we thought was virgin territory; it has set up signposts that just lead us back to what we have already lived through

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