Tracking Down Gunter Grass

The Tin Drum is a novel I’ve seen on bookstore shelves for years. Books with especially hefty spines are easy to spot, and The Tin Drum, at more than 600 pages, takes up a good bit of shelf real estate. (Quick aside, I’ve always thought the spine of the book should be shown when you consider … Continue reading

Humanity in the Bloodlands

Each of the living bore a name. So writes Timothy Snyder in the conclusion of Bloodlands, a systematic and unblinking account of the utter Hell experienced between Berlin and Moscow from 1930 to 1947, wherein fourteen million people were killed.  Snyder’s thesis is that, as history, World War II was not just about D-Day or … Continue reading