The conclusion draws together the overarching strands of argument that have been developed throughout this study. It returns attention to the models of authorship described in Chapter 1, showing how Grass has negotiated various self-images less as the result of an overall literary development than as part of a lifelong project that continuously circles around questions of authorship and uses the written text as a vehicle for self-exploration. This point is briefly illustrated through Grass's 2006 autobiography Beim Häuten der Zwiebel, arguing that the metaphorical significance of peeling back the layers of skin coincides exactly with the central point of this study: for Grass, trying to get to the core of his identity, even within clear political parameters, is first and foremost an aesthetic process of self-construction that feeds directly into both literary constructions of authorship and the media-led construction of the author's public image.
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