28 September, 2020

'Calcutta Robbed Me Of Words, I Was Mute'

The Nobel Prize winner on a range of topics from George Bush's crusade to the writer's flowering as an artist.

'Calcutta Robbed Me Of Words, I Was Mute'
Germany's and perhaps Europe's greatest living writer and impassioned chronicler of his encounter with India, Nobel Prize winner Gunter Grass turned 75 last month. The north German Hanseatic town Luebeck celebrated Grass' birthday by inaugurating the Gunter Grass House which preserves and exhibits the writer's manuscripts, drawings and sculptures. Grass-watchers gathered for an international symposium to discuss his literary and artistic achievements as well as his political engagement. Subhoranjan Dasgupta, a participant in the seminar, spoke with Grass on a range of topics extending from George Bush's crusade to the writer's flowering as an artist. Excerpts from the interview:

Mr Grass, what is your impression of President George Bush?
I regard this man as a danger, a threat to world peace. He reminds me of one of those characters in Shakespeare's historical plays whose only ambition perhaps is to stand before his father, the old and departed king, and say, 'Look, I have completed your task.' He is determined to bring the first Gulf War to its culmination...


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