The introduction briefly sets out the wider context and import of the study. It details the background of media engagement with Grass's public image and suggests that the author has developed various strategies of self-presentation in both his fiction and non-fiction to help him deal with such acute public interest. It explains how the predominantly aesthetic approach taken throughout this study offers a new perspective in Grass studies, leading away from conventional political readings of the author and focusing instead on his ability to negotiate his own authorial persona within the media-led public sphere. It is argued that this ability has gone on to inform his writing on both structural and thematic levels.
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