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Nobel laureate Gunter Grass hangs up novelist pen

Published on Jan 13, 2014 1:04 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - Nobel prize-winning German writer Gunter Grass, author of The Tin Drum and one of Germany's most influential if controversial intellectual figures, has said he is unlikely to write another novel.

"I'm 86 now. I don't think I will manage another novel," Grass told the regional daily Passauer Neue Presse in a pre-released interview to appear on Monday.

"My health does not allow me to take on projects that will last five or six years and that would be the amount needed to research a novel," added Grass.

He said he was devoting his time now to drawing and painting with watercolours. From this "creative activity", some "first texts" have already been produced, he said.

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