In 1990, Gunter Grass - a reluctant diarist - felt compelled to
make a record of the interesting times through which he was living.
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and the
collapse of Communism, Germany and Europe were enduring a period of
immense upheaval. Grass resolved to immerse himself in these
political debates: he travelled widely throughout both Germanys,
the former East and the former West, conducting a lively exchange
with political enemies, friends and his own children about all the
questions posed by reunification. His account gives the reader an
unparalleled insight into a key moment in the life of modern
Europe, seen through the eyes of one of its most acclaimed writers.
It also provides a startling insight into the creative process as
the reader witnesses ideas for novels occurring and then taking
shape. "From Germany to Germany" is both a personal journal by a
great creative artist and a penetrating commentary on recent
European history by someone who was simultaneously an acute
observer and a highly engaged participant.