HCA NEWS Günther Grass spotlights the 2005 HCA bicentenary

Apart from offering a reading of one of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales, Günther Grass will speak of his relationship with Andersen and will present and comment the exclusive folder containing ten lithographies of selected fairytales issued in collaboration with Galleri M on Funen. He will also answer questions.

By on - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 07 October 2004

The German Nobel Prize winner and author Günther Grass publicises his illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales. The event takes place at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Saturday 9 October at 1:30 pm.

The presentation coincides with the publishing in Germany of Der Schatten (The Shadow), which features the most famous and a few lesser known of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales illustrated with 97 lithographies created by Günther Grass. This is his personal loving tribute to the great Danish storyteller.

"The Frankfurt Book Fair is the most prestigious in the world," says Lars Seeberg, Secretary General of the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation. "Being able to present Günther Grass' publication at this book fair is the best possible way to bring attention to the Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary throughout the German-speaking part of the world."

Der Schatten is the result of an initiative by Cultural Attaché Uffe Andreasen at the Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin and published by Günther Grass' German publisher, Steidl. The book will also be published in Danish by the Gyldendal Publishing House on 29 October 2004 entitled "Eventyr set af Günther Grass" (Fairytales seen by Günther Grass). Uffe Andreasen states: "During the visit of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe to the German city of Lübeck last year I contacted Günther Grass, who took part in [the hosting of] the visit. He agreed to create 'a couple of illustrations' for the Hans Christian Andersen fairytales but became quite captured. The 76-year-old Nobel Prize winner spent five months of his life creating 97 illustrations! A world class success story!"

Grass' illustrations depart from the more sugary and romantic renditions of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales and are more shady and demonic in character. With Grass' modernistic style, Hans Christian Andersen is lifted from the children's room into adult literature.

Examples of Grass' Hans Christian Andersen illustrations are available at www.artefakt-berlin.de/html/presse_guenter_grass.html

The film by Danish writer and critic Niels Barfoed on his relationship with the now 76-year-old Günther Grass also holds its world premiere at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The film, with a duration of 5-6 minutes, was shot in and around Günther Grass' house on Møn in September this year. Niels Barfod interviews Grass about the fairytale illustrations created last winter and spring at the house on Møn.

The Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin, the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, and the Centre for Literature under the Danish Arts Agency will share the same stand at the 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair in Hall 3, row C 170. The reading by Günther Grass will be in German. 
Date: Saturday 9 October 2004
Time: 1:30 ? 3 pm 00
Location: The Frankfurt Book Fair, Hall 3, C 170 (ground level)
Messegelände, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

See also: Galleri M