These poems are dedicated to the memory of Dr. Glenn R. Cuomo, Professor of German Studies 1992-2017, New College of Florida, with whom the translator first began work on this project in 1997. Fishily on love & poetry, indeed. Translator's Note: I didn’t know how much I loved translation until I did—suddenly—like the Donovan song: “First there is a mountain, then there is no … [Read more...]
About Günter Grass
Günter Grass, (1927-2015) was a German poet, novelist, playwright, sculptor, and printmaker who, with his extraordinary first novel The Tin Drum (1959) became the literary spokesman for the German generation that grew up in the Nazi era and survived the war. In 1999 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. These poems are from his groundbreaking 1977 novel The Flounder, which contains a hidden manuscript of poetry in the text that has not been translated into English since its debut translation by Ralph Manheim.