Guenter Grass, the Nobel-winning German writer who gave voice to the
generation that came of age during the horrors of the Nazi era but later
ran into controversy over his own World War II past and stance toward
Israel, has died. He was 87.
Matthias Wegner, spokesman for the Steidl publishing house, confirmed that Grass died Monday morning in a Luebeck hospital.
The suspected mastermind of the deadly Mumbai attacks in 2008 was released on bail Friday by a Pakistani
court — a move likely to further strain relations with India, which has
accused Islamabad of turning a blind eye to Islamic militancy.
The release of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who has been held since his arrest in 2009, drew expressions of concern from both India and the United States.