Two States--One Nation?

Gunter Grass, Author, Helen Wolff, Author, Kurt Wolff, Author
Gunter Grass, Author, Helen Wolff, Author, Kurt Wolff, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P $18.95 (123p) ISBN 978-0-15-192270-3
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
Going against the tide, eminent German novelist-playwright Grass staunchly opposes German reunification in this collection of lashing speeches, essays and lectures. A reunified Germany, he warns, would be ``a colossus loaded with complexes,'' standing in the way of the political-economic integration of Europe. Pointing out that a unified Germany existed for only 75 years and brought unimaginable misery, war and genocide, he advocates a German confederation in which the two halves would ``share one cultural nationhood'' while preserving a separate political identity. Under this scheme, West Germany would assist East in a far-reaching econmic equalization. In a powerful, partly autobiographical piece, ``Writing After Auschwitz,'' Grass ponders the renewed arms race and concludes, ``We Germans have every reason to fear ourselves as a unit.'' His courageous polemic brings a much-needed historical perspective to a pressing issue. (Oct.)
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