"Gunter Grass writes of great events and seemingly trivial occurrences, of technical developments and scientific discoveries, of achievements in culture and sports, of megalomania, of persecution and murder, of war and disasters, and of new beginnings. Although each story has a different narrator, collectively the stories form a complete and linear narrative in which the individual is the focus. As the sequence unfolds, a lively and rich picture emerges, an historical portrait of the millennium in all its grandeur and in all its horror."--BOOK JACKET. "One hundred stories come full circle to create a novel of our century."--BOOK JACKET.