Michael Hulse

Rags of Whimsy

The Box


Harvill Secker 195pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

This slender second volume of memoirs takes Günter Grass from the Sixties to the Nineties. Vulgar curiosity can be reassured right away that, when it was published in German two years ago, the book was found to contain no revelations to match the Waffen-SS membership disclosed in Peeling the Onion. You’d have heard if it did. Neither, for that matter, does a third volume published this year, Grimms Wörter, which Grass has declared his last autobiographical book.

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