La ama de llaves de Grass
Fünf Grass'sche Jahreszeiten es el título en alemán que ha escrito Margarethe Amelung sobre Gunter Grass. Un libro más en la extensa bibliografía del autor, ciertamente, pero no un libro cualquiera. Esta vez se trata de las memorias de la nana de Grass, una chica que entró a trabajar a los 16 años a la casa de los Grass y que lo ha seguido a lo largo de su vida. Describe ahí su vida sin muebles y sin colomural (¿?), su enorme apetito y la anécdota definitiva que confirma que Grass detesta pelar cebollas. La nota en The Guardian.
Dice la nota: "Margarethe Amelung has written her own literary tribute to her former employer based on the time she spent in his service in the 1960s. Called Five Grass Seasons, Ms Amelung paints a detailed picture of the daily life of the Grass family, who lived in the leafy southern Berlin district of Friedenau. She recalls her surprise at the bohemian way in which they lived: "No wallpaper, no carpets, no tablecloths." She also talks of the amount of meat that Grass, a Nobel prize winner and author of novels such as The Tin Drum, regularly consumed. "I think his love of meat kept his hair from going completely grey," she told Der Tagesspiegel. Ms Amelung, the daughter of a protestant minister from Osnabrück, was taken on at the age of 16 shortly before the birth of Günter and his first wife Anna's fourth child. She had answered an advert in the magazine Christ and the World asking for someone to "peel the onions" for 220 deutschmarks a month. The irony of the request is not lost on Grass aficionados. His last book was called Peeling the Onion, in which he revealed his membership of the Waffen SS in Nazi Germany. Ms Amelung's seemingly mundane domestic reflections, based on her diaries and letters home, are being seen by the publishing world as a welcome antidote to the admissions that shocked his fans around the world".