Germany's Guenter Grass, author of 'The Tin Drum,' dies at 87

April 13, 2015 10:05 AM

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Germany's Guenter Grass, author of 'The Tin Drum,' dies at 87

BERLIN (Reuters) - German novelist Guenter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning author of "The Tin Drum", an epic treatment of the Nazi era, died on Monday at the age of 87, his publishers said.

A broad-shouldered man with a drooping moustache, Grass spurned the German tradition of keeping a cool intellectual distance, insisting that a writer's duty was to be at the frontline of moral and political debate.

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