My Broken Love - Gunter Grass in India & Bangladesh

My Broken Love - Gunter Grass in India & Bangladesh

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Author: Martin Kampchen
Publisher: Penguin/Viking
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 303
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670911143

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This volume is a rich collection of all the material available on Gunter Grass Sojourn in Calcutta and his other visits to India and Bangladesh. In addition to Grass' own essays, lectures and references regarding India, there are articles, interviews, anecdotes, impressions and criticism. The collection also includes over twenty photographs and sketches by Grass himself.

In 1975 when the German novelist Gunter Grass, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1999, visited India for the first time, he singled out Calcutta as a city he would definitely return to. The abject poverty in which many in Calcutta lives, juxtaposed with the throbbing vitality of the city and the tremendous will of the people to strive against the odds, evoked in Grass a strange mixture of attraction and disgust, but also left him utterly fascinated.

Grass did return to Calcutta eleven years later, this time with his wife Ute, to live there for a year as ordinary residents of the city. Even though the couple eventually spent only a few months here, the experience left a lasting impression on Grass, Ute and the people who came in contact with them. Calcutta affected Grass in some indefinable but significant way, just as he had touched the lives of many through the friendships he struck up, his support of social causes, and his efforts to promote the role of the creative artists in politics. The encounter also resulted in Zungte Zeigen' (Show Your Tongue), a diary published in 1989, in which Grass approached Indian reality through prose, verse and a sense of black-and-white sketches.

My Broken Love is a rich collection of all the material available on Gunter Grass sojourn in Calcutta and his other visits to India and Bangladesh. In addition to Grass' own essays, lectures and references regarding India, there are articles, interviews, anecdotes, impressions and criticisms - by close friends, associates and journalists - all of which provides a unique insight into one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

Compiled by Martin Kampchen, the collection also includes over twenty photographs and sketches by Grass himself.

THE EDITOR:

Born in 1948 in Boppard, Germany, MARTIN KAMPCHEN studied German Literature in Vienna, French in Paris and Comparative Religion in Madras and Santiniketan. He also holds Ph.Ds from Vienna University, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. He is a novelist, short-story writer, and editor of several volumes on Indian literature, Indian religions and Indo-German cultural relations. He has also translated Rabindranath Tagore's poetry and Ramakrishna's conversations from Bengali into German.