Günther Grass, the controversial German writer recently published a poem on the subject of an upcoming Iran v. Israel nuclear showdown. See my earlier post 'Grass' - three posts below.
Grass has been declared a persona non grata by the Israeli interior minister. How long before they ban his books?
I am not a particular fan of Günther Grass's writing. I don't consider him to be in the same league as German writers W G Sebald, Thomas Mann or Thomas Bernhard for example.
I can honestly say that I found Grass's world famous Tin Drum to be repetitive and boring in the extreme. But that is not the point. That's merely a matter of my own personal taste in literature. The point is that the Israeli administration has shown that there is no place for art, in particular poetry, which does not match the official Israeli line.
The Nazis, you may recall, had a similar policy when it came to the arts.
I believe it was Winston Churchill who said:
I may not agree with what you say but I defend your right to say it.