Grass' Gaffe Political Thinking Shouldn't Be Left to Novelists

Why do people continue to stubbornly believe that novelists have anything special to contribute to political matters? As German Nobel laureate Günter Grass has repeatedly shown, just because you can come up with pleasant stories doesn't mean that will translate to sage political thinking.
Nobel Prize-winning German author Günter Grass participates in an anti-nuclear protest in front of an atomic power plant in April.

Nobel Prize-winning German author Günter Grass participates in an anti-nuclear protest in front of an atomic power plant in April.

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Translated from the German by Josh Ward