My Century by Günter Grass
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Günter Grass tells us a story for every year of our century. He writes of great events and seemingly trivial occurrences, of technical developments and scientific discoveries, of achievements in culture and sports, of megalomania, of persecution and murder, of war and disasters, and of new beginnings. Although each story has a different narrator, collectively the stories form a complete and linear narrative in which the individual is the focus. As the sequence unfolds, a lively and rich picture emerges, an historical portrait of this millennium in all its grandeur and in all its horror. One hundred stories come full circle to create a novel of our century.

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GNTER GRASS was born in Danzig, Germany, in 1927. He is the widely acclaimed author of numerous books, including The Tin Drum, My Century, Crabwalk, and Peeling the Onion. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.  Michael Henry Heim has translated dozens of novels, plays, and essays from the German, Russian, French, Czech, Serbian, Croatian and Flemish. Highlights include the work of GA1/4nter Grass, PA(c)ter EsterhAzy, and Milan Kundera. He is the recipient of the ALTA Prize, the AATSEEL award, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize.
Published January 1, 1999 by Harcourt Brace & Company. 248 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Several entries establish some continuity from year to year, while other segments clash brilliantly with each other.

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The title of Günter Grass' My Century is a bit misleading, as the well-timed book isn't exactly a memoir.

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