When Gunter Grass published his memoir Peeling the Onion in 2006, he revealed that the life story he had written and retold for years was false, and rocked the world. He quite candidly admitted that, contrary to what everyone thought they knew about his life, he was in fact part of the Waffen-SS. It was the literary bombshell of the time. The possibility of revoking his Nobel prize was raised.
Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler examines what is so terrifying about Peeling the Onion—the ease, the naturalness with which the consequences of our actions slip away blinded by the thing we need and want.
Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.
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