The 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Berlin

– this is very nice as I’m still in Berlin 🙂 –

The Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Herta Müller „who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed”.

Herta Müller was born on August 17, 1953 in Banat, Romania. From 1973 to 1976, Müller studied at the university in Timişoara. During this period, she was associated with Aktionsgruppe Banat, a circle of young German-speaking authors who, in opposition to Ceauşescu’s dictatorship, sought freedom of speech. After completing her studies, she worked as a translator at a machine factory from 1977 to 1979. She was dismissed when she refused to be an informant for the secret police. After her dismissal, she was harassed by Securitate.

Müller made her debut with the collection of short stories Niederungen (1982), which was censored in Romania. Two years later, she published the uncensored version in Germany and, in the same year, Drückender Tango in Romania. In these two works, Müller depicts life in a small, German-speaking village and the corruption, intolerance and repression to be found there. Because Müller had publicly criticized the dictatorship in Romania, she was prohibited from publishing in her own country. In 1987, Müller emigrated together with her husband, author Richard Wagner.

The novels Der Fuchs war damals schon der Jäger (1992), Herztier (1994; The Land of Green Plums, 1996) and Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet (1997; The Appointment, 2001) give, with chiselled details, a portrait of daily life in a stagnated dictatorship. Müller has given guest lectures at universities, colleges and other venues in Paderborn, Warwick, Hamburg, Swansea, Gainsville (Florida), Kassel, Göttingen, Tübingen and Zürich among other places. She lives in Berlin.

See more here!

Herta Muller, scriitoare nascuta in 1953 intr-un sat din Banat, a cistigat Premiul Nobel pentru Literatura. Herta Muller a emigrat in Germania, in 1987. In prezent locuieste la Berlin. Cartile sale sint traduse in peste 20 de limbi.
Juriul si-a motivat decizia prin „densitatea poeziei si sinceritatea prozei cu care a descris plastic universul dezmostenitilor”.


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