Günter Grass, renowned German author and Nobel Prize winner, has died on April 13 at the age of 87. Steidl publishing house confirmed his death, which was due to an infection in the lungs.
Grass won the Nobel for literature in the year 1999. He was best known for his political fictions, dramas and poems, somehow blurring the line between politics and literature while creating some epic works such as “Cat and Mouse,” “Dog Years,” and more.
The author wrote “The Tin Drum” in 1959. The novel was translated into several languages, creating turmoil in the world of literature. He won the Nobel four decades later.
The life of Grass was full of ups and downs. He grew up from a humble Catholic family and joined the Hitler Youth at the age of 17 during World War II. Then he moved to the Nazi Special Forces unit, Waffen-SS, before he shifted gears and settled in Paris with his first wife.
His writing attracted a lot of controversies. He came clean about his past in his autobiography in 2006.
In 2012, he published a text named “What must be said”, which he called a poem. It was meant for warning Israel’s nuclear attack on Iraq. The author criticized Israeli policies and named the country dangerous due to its nuclear power.