Günter Grass: Beyond the Raw and the Cooked

So now he’s gone. The German author who — along with Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht — drew me into what became a part of my life’s work, died today at the age of 87.


I published articles about the dialectical use of myth in the second novel in Grass’ Danzig Trilogy, Hundejahre / Dog Years, and about Levi Strauss’s The Raw and the Cooked in the novel Der Butt / The Flounder. Wrestling with the complex and massive novels I learned a lot about language, about dialectical thinking, and about myself.

Copies of the articles are posted here:



Thoughts about the poem criticizing Israel for its nuclear armament and its hypocritical stance in regard to Iran’s nuclear ambitions are HERE.

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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