Arnon Grunberg



This morning I flew to Hamburg to interview Günter Grass.
He had left the hospital just a few days earlier, but he was in good shape.
We talked about Israel, Paul Celan, Reich-Ranicki, Bachmann, war, Waffen-SS, Iran taboos, fascism and parents – the only thing that wasn’t mentioned was food.
This evening I returned to Amsterdam and I told my mother: “I met Günter Grass who is exactly as old as you are and he is in great shape. He has had heart surgery and he is doing fine.” My mother looked pensive, then she said: “Maybe I should have heart surgery as well.”

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