Günter Grass

Günter Wilhelm Grass was a German novelist, playwright, graphic artist and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was born in the Free City of Danzig; as a teenager, he served as a drafted soldier from late 1944 in the Waffen-SS and was taken as a prisoner of war by US forces at the end of the war in May 1945. He was released in April 1946. Trained as a stonemason and sculptor, Grass began writing in the 1950s. In his fiction, he returned to the Danzig of his childhood. Grass is best known for The Tin Drum, a key text in European magic realism, it was the first book of the other two being Cat and Mouse and Dog Years. His works are considered to have a left-wing political dimension, Grass was an active supporter of the Social Democratic Party of Germany; the Tin Drum was adapted as a film of the same name, which won both the 1979 Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1999, the Swedish Academy awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature, praising him as a writer "whose frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten face of history".

Grass was born in the Free City of Danzig on 16 October 1927, to Wilhelm Grass, a Lutheran Protestant of German origin, Helene Grass, a Roman Catholic of Kashubian-Polish origin. He referred to himself as Kashubian. Grass was served as an altar boy when he was a child, his parents had a grocery store with an attached apartment in Danzig-Langfuhr. He had a sister, born in 1930. Grass attended the Danzig gymnasium Conradinum. In 1943, at age 16, he became a Luftwaffenhelfer. Soon thereafter, he was conscripted into the Reichsarbeitsdienst. In November 1944, shortly after his 17th birthday, Grass volunteered for submarine service with Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine, "to get out of the confinement felt as a teenager in his parents' house", which he considered stuffy Catholic lower middle-class; the Navy refused him and he was instead called up for the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg in late 1944. Grass did not reveal until 2006, his unit functioned as a regular Panzer Division, he served with them from February 1945 until he was wounded on 20 April 1945.

He was captured in Marienbad and sent to a U. S. prisoner-of-war camp in Bad Aibling, Bavaria. From 1946 to 1947, Grass received training in stonemasonry, he studied sculpture and graphics at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He was a co-founder of Group 47, organized by Hans Werner Richter. Grass worked as a writer, graphic designer, sculptor, travelling frequently. In 1953 he studied at the Berlin University of the Arts. From 1960, he lived in Berlin as well as part-time in Schleswig-Holstein. In 1961 he publicly objected to the erection of the Berlin Wall. From 1983 to 1986, he held the presidency of the Academy of Berlin. Grass's 1954 marriage to Anna Margareta Schwarz - a Swiss dancer - ended in divorce in 1978, he and Schwarz had four children: Franz, Raoul and Bruno. Separated in 1972, he had a child with her, Helene, he had a child with Ingrid Kruger, Nele. In 1979 he married an organist, to whom he was still married at his death, he had two stepsons from his second marriage and Hans. He had 18 grandchildren at his death.

Grass was a fan of Bundesliga Club SC Freiburg. Grass's best-known work is The Tin Drum, published in 1959, it was followed in 1961 by Cat and Mouse, a novella, in 1963 by the novel Dog Years. The books are collectively called the Danzig Trilogy and focus on the rise of Nazism and how World War II affected Danzig, separated from Germany after World War I and became the Free City of Danzig. Dog Years is considered a sequel of sorts to The Tin Drum, as it features some of the same characters, it portrays the area's mixed ethnicities and complex historical background in lyrical prose, evocative. The Tin Drum established Grass as one of the leading authors of Germany, set a high bar of comparison for all of his subsequent works, which were compared unfavorably to this early work by critics. Nonetheless, in the West Germany of the late'50s and early'60s the book could be controversial, its "immorality" prompted the city of Bremen to revoke a prize it had bestowed upon him; when Grass received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1999 the Nobel Committee stated that the publication of The Tin Drum "was as if German literature had been granted a new beginning after decades of linguistic and moral destruction" The 1977 novel The Flounder is based on the folktale of "The Fisherman and His Wife", deals with the struggle between the sexes.

It has been read as an anti-feminist novel, since in the novel the magical flounder of the folk tale, now representing male triumphalism and the patriarchy is caught by a group of 1970s feminists, who put it on trial. The book interrogates male-female relations from the past and the present through the relationship between the narrator and his wife, who as the wife in the folk tale, insatiably craves more. In spite of the fact that the book could be read as a defense of women and a denouncement of male chauvinism, the book was harshly critiqued and rejected by feminis

2010–11 Czech 1. Liga season

The 2010–11 Czech 1.liga season was the 18th season of the Czech 1.liga, the second level of ice hockey in the Czech Republic. 16 teams participated in the league, HC Slovan Ústečtí Lvi won the championship. HC Rebel Havlíčkův Brod – SK KadaňHC Rebel Havlíčkův Brod - SK Kadaň 4:3 OT HC Rebel Havlíčkův Brod - SK Kadaň 4:2 SK Kadaň - HC Rebel Havlíčkův Brod 4:3 OT SK Kadaň - HC Rebel Havlíčkův Brod 3:6 HC Rebel Havlíčkův Brod qualified for the playoffs. Orli Znojmo – HC Benátky nad JizerouOrli Znojmo - HC Benátky nad Jizerou 1:3 Orli Znojmo - HC Benátky nad Jizerou 2:1 OT HC Benátky nad Jizerou - Orli Znojmo 7:1 HC Benátky nad Jizerou - Orli Znojmo 1:2 Orli Znojmo - HC Benátky nad Jizerou 5:1 Orli Znojmo qualified for the playoffs HC Berounští Medvědi – HC VrchlabíHC Berounští Medvědi - HC Vrchlabí 0:4 HC Berounští Medvědi - HC Vrchlabí 3:2 HC Vrchlabí - HC Berounští Medvědi 3:0 HC Vrchlabí - HC Berounští Medvědi 3:0 HC Vrchlabí qualified for the playoffs. HC VCES Hradec Králové – SK Horácká Slavia TřebíčHC VCES Hradec Králové - SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč 3:1 HC VCES Hradec Králové - SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč 5:2 SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč - HC VCES Hradec Králové 4:1 SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč - HC VCES Hradec Králové 2:4 HC VCES Hradec Králové qualified for the playoffs.

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Chasing Pandora

Chasing Pandora is a Maltese musical duo coming from Gozo. The duo consists of Keith Anthony. Together they sing and compose. Melissa is the lyricist, while Keith Anthony is the guitarist and composer. Together they perform as a simple voice and acoustic guitar duo. Both members displayed an affection for music from an early age. Keith started playing when he was 8; as they began working together in music, they both revealed something new about themselves. Keith discovered an ability to write songs, Melissa discovered a soothing voice, it all started. Her boss, Steve Brown, who happens to be the manager of the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly and a former Producer/Manager of Elton John at the time was setting up a home recording studio with the help of Keith, he noticed her beautiful voice and asked Keith to compose something on acoustic guitar. On he asked Melissa to write the lyrics and a melody for the recording. Steve Brown now produces Chasing Pandora. With the release of their debut album Mocking The Mocking Bird in 2007 they caused a stir with Feel the Rain which topped radio charts and CD sales in Malta.

Their next big hit, made it to many charts in Malta. They made a low budget video for this song, their first video. Memories is sung by both members. Most of the other songs are sung by Melissa. Mocking The Mocking Bird was re-released early 2009, it consists of new songs. The Driver and the Dancer, their latest album, was released on February 15, 2010. Debut Album May 1, 2007 Bedroom Nothing She Said Blue Leather Chairs Mocking Bird I Know Divine Fully Loaded Bleed Daisy Lane Noisy Spaces Feel the Rain Hush Little Baby E. P. June 2, 2008 Only Yesterday No One Else Memories Me and You E. P. December 2008 Wide Eyed Beautiful Someone You Don't Wanna Know Anywhere But Here International Compilation June 2009 Bedroom You Don't Wanna Know Someone Only Yesterday Nothing She Said No One Else Divine I Know Mocking Bird Bleed Noisy Spaces Anywhere But Here Hush Little Baby February 2010 Time The Tree Escape Lost Myself in You The Distance Between Us Running in Circles Dear John Burning Skies The Driver and the Dancer Dragonfly O Woman Sleep Baby Sleep "The album contains unlimited talent and inspiration, my hairs stood on end and I was blown away with the intensity of it all."Peter Grech – about Mocking The Mocking Bird "All the songs are engaging, it will be embraced by those with an ear for an alternative kind of pop for its sensitivity, delicate yet peculiarly uplifting essence."Michael Bugeja – about Mocking The Mocking Bird "There seem to be a free spirit with this excellent Maltese band that brings hope to a world stuffed full of hype and greed"Music Week Magazine "This should be released to enable access to a wider market – Forget'in ya face' mainstream this is what popular music should be about"Rock Society Magazine "These Maltesers are an appetising prospect indeed"The Fly Magazine "Classy melodies, aching human emotion and considerable musicianship – repeated listening brings its own reward"Acoustic Magazine "Each song contains expressive, symbolic words and swimming pros – Chasing Pandora perform with imagination and great ease, they kept the audience engaged throughout the whole show, the only crowd noise was applause"The Independent newspaper Unofficial site: