Peeling the Onion
The memoir of Germany's most celebrated contemporary writer.
Peeling the Onion is a searingly honest account of Grass' modest upbringing in Danzig, his time as a boy soldier fighting the Russians, and the writing of his masterpiece, The Tin Drum, in Paris.
It is a remarkable autobiography and, without question, one of Günter Grass' finest works.
By the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Tin Drum.
Praise for Peeling the Onion
An exquisitely constructed narrative... Peeling the Onion is a genuine masterpieceIndependent on Sunday
A memoir of rare literary beautyNew Yorker
As a writer, his influence still looms large, and Peeling the Onion is a reminder why. It has that same imaginative accuracy that made The Tin Drum a bestsellerThe Times
An ingenious but treacherous text that glides constantly between past and present, first and third person, memory and imaginationEvening Standard
This subtle and expertly written book is really a memoir about forgettingSebastian Faulks, Sunday Times
Grass's profound and moving memoir [has] an unforgettable power, and it is not just the significance of his experiences, but the virtuosity of his writing which elevates Peeling the Onion over any memoir published in recent yearsDaily Telegraph
As a demonstration of a literary will, the novelist's last testament, it is in many ways a masterpieceObserver
A compelling memoir. The emotions unleashed are raw... It is with extreme eloquence that he can finally excavate the silences at the heart of his lifeAnita Sethi, New Statesman
He peels his particular onion with the candour and irony that have shaped his fabulist fiction for close on 50 years and this beautifully gruff, no-nonsense account of his early life is direct and conversational, though not without jolts of profoundly human remorseIrish Times
A wonderful book, full of life, full of love, vibrant and uncompromising and as picaresque and varied as all his finest works... As a portrait of a young boy and young man alive in Germany through its most devastating decades, it will stand as a factual masterpiece... an astonishing tour de forceCarmen Callil
Much of this memoir is painfully honest, and the confessions in it are clearly written from the heartCraig Brown, Mail on Sunday Book of the Week