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GŁnter Grass Receives Nobel Prize for Tin Drum

------- Forwarded message follows ------- Date sent: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 12:34:30 -0400 From: Marc Rotenberg <rotenberg@epic.org> Subject: GŁnter Grass Receives Nobel Prize for Tin Drum To: ifea-plan@ifea.net, gilc-plan@gilc.org, fight-censorship@vorlon.mit.edu Send reply to: gilc-plan@gilc.org

Readers of IFEA, GILC, F-C, and others should take special note of the fact that GŁnter Grass has received the 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy cited Grass' first novel, "The Tin Drum," published in 1959. The movie also received the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1979.

But just two years ago police in Oklahoma City, acting without a search warrant or court order, seized the video from local video stores. They claimed that the film violated the state's child pornography laws. A federal court later found otherwise and a second court awarded a $2,500 judgment when a jury found that the police violated the Video Privacy Protection Act. See EPIC Alert 6.13 [http://www.epic.org/alert/EPIC_Alert_6.13.html]

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Marc Rotenberg EPIC

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http://www.cnn.com/books/news/9909/30/nobel/

GŁnter Grass wins Nobel Prize in literature

September 30, 1999

Web posted at: 9:31 a.m. EDT (1331 GMT)

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (CNN) -- GŁnter Grass, a social critic considered Germany's greatest living writer, won the 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy said Thursday.

The Swedish Academy cited Grass' first novel, "The Tin Drum," published in 1959.

"Here he comes to grips with the enormous task of reviewing contemporary history by recalling the disavowed and the forgotten: the victims, losers and lies that people wanted to forget because they had once believed in them.

"It is not too audacious to assume that "The Tin Drum" will become one of the enduring literary works of the 20th century," according to a statement by the Academy.

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