Günter Grass: Six Decades
A Report from the Artist’s Studio
Published by Steidl.
Edited by G. Fritz Margull, Hilke Ohsoling. Translation by Krishna Winston.
Six Decades grants us a privileged look behind the normally closed door of Nobel Laureate Günter Grass' (1927–2015) studio. For well over half a century Grass worked unceasingly as a writer, sculptor and graphic artist. While capturing the pulse of each decade of his long life in his novels, Grass also produced theater pieces, poems, short stories, essays, etchings, lithographs, drawings and sculptures. He was furthermore politically active in his native Germany, set up several foundations, and was passionately dedicated to issues of artistic and humanitarian importance. Combining Grass' writings with over 800 reproductions of his art, documents and photographs, Six Decades follows his working processes from book to book, year to year. He shares moments of private happiness and crises through texts and images, many of which were not originally intended for publication, including preparatory sketches, draft manuscripts, book cover designs and work plans.