Ali Abdollahi, Iranian translator, has recently made an interview with the Nobel laureate Günter Grass, of which he has written a note as follows:
Meeting with Grass was extremely exciting and strange to me; meeting a man so great, yet so modest and cordial and, in the meantime, fully aware of whatever goes on around him. He even knew of the recent elections in Iran and the election of a president who was going to start his office in a few days. He asked me about Iran’s future and many other topics which surprised me, since I would not believe that Grass should have known about them.
In this meeting Grass talked of many things. He talked of the harsh criticism that is made of him every time he takes a position. He told of the complimentary statements about himself. Grass has strong enemies and really devout friends as well.
During the interview Grass said laughingly that if his physical conditions had allowed him and doctors had not opposed it, he would have liked (if succeeded to get an Iranian visa) to visit Iran in order to aggravate Israeli officials. Grass has so far been banned from the three countries of East Germany, Burma, and Israel.