The Box (Grass book)
|Original title||Die Box|
Published in English
The Box (German: Die Box) is a 2008 fictionalised autobiography by the German writer Günter Grass. It has the subtitle "Tales from the Darkroom" ("Dunkelkammergeschichten"). In the narrative, the 80-year-old Grass' eight children, at their father's request, record conversations where they say what they think of him. The Box follows the writer's previous memoir book, Peeling the Onion from 2006, which ended in 1959 with the literary success of The Tin Drum. It was followed by Grimm's Words in 2010.
Miranda Seymour of The Daily Telegraph wrote that "The Box is not a wholly successful work. Capricious Mariechen often proves irritatingly whimsical; the Grass children, their voices lapping in and out in a format that comes straight from Virginia Woolf's The Waves, lack individuality. I can remember their names only because I jotted them down; glancing back now at a random page of The Box, I don’t know – or, frankly, care – whether I’m reading the words of Paulchen, Lena, Nana or Pat."