The autobiography of the early life of Nobel Prize-winning German author Gunter Grass, which caused a scandal when it was published in Germany last year.
Translated by Michael Henry Heim and read by Kenneth Cranham.
In 1943 at the age of 16, Grass is drafted into the Reich Labour Service, where he meets an extraordinary young man who creates a lasting impression.
In 1944, at 17, and just as Germany is starting to lose the war, Grass is drafted into the Waffen SS, where he trains as a tank gunner.
April 1945, and Grass' regiment of recruits is thrown into repelling the Russian advance, with horrific consequences.
The war is over for 17-year-old Grass, injured and a prisoner of war, but his education appears to be only just beginning.