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Herta Müller

Biography

Herta Müller was born in 1953 in Niţchidorf, a German-speaking village in Timiş County in Romania. Her family had been rich but their property was confiscated by the Communists. Her father had been in the Waffen SS during World War II and was a lorry driver under the Communist regime. She studied German and Romanian at Timişoara University. She worked as a translator for an engineering firm but was fired for not cooperating with the security services and then worked as a teacher. Her first book, published in Romania, was censored. It was later published in Germany in an uncensored version. She tried to emigrate to West Germany in 1985 but was refused permission to leave but was finally granted permission in 1987. The Romanian Securitate officer responsible for her case later denied that she had been persecuted. Though she had some success before, it was Atemschaukel (The Hunger Angel), a story of a man sent to a Soviet gulag, that brought her great fame in Germany. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009.

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Die Worte perlen und leuchten (in German)
Sie kann nicht vergessen (in German)
A few of her poems (in German)
Interview (in German)

Bibliography

1982 Niederungen (Nadirs)
1984 Drückender Tango
1986 Der Mensch ist ein großer Fasan auf der Welt (The Passport)
1987 Der kalte Schmuck des Lebens (art)
1987 Barfüßiger Februar
1989 Reisende auf einem Bein (Travelling on One Leg)
1991 Der Teufel sitzt im Spiegel. Wie Wahrnehmung sich erfindet
1992 Der Fuchs war damals schon der Jäger (The Fox Was Ever the Hunter)
1992 Eine warme Kartoffel ist ein warmes Bett
1993 Der Wächter nimmt seinen Kamm
1994 Angekommen wie nicht da
1994 Herztier (The Land of Green Plums)
1995 Hunger und Seide
1996 In der Falle, Göttingen
1997 Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet (The Appointment)
1999 Der fremde Blick oder Das Leben ist ein Furz in der Laterne
2000 Im Haarknoten wohnt eine Dame
2001 Heimat ist das, was gesprochen wird
2003 Der König verneigt sich und tötet
2005 Die blassen Herren mit den Mokkatassen
2005 Este sau nu este Ion
2008 elf Jahre später gegen Abend (art)
2009 Atemschaukel (The Hunger Angel)
2009 Cristina und ihre Attrappe oder Was (nicht) in den Akten der Securitate steht
2011 Immer derselbe Schnee und immer derselbe Onkel
2012 Vater telefoniert mit den Fliegen
2013 Cristina and Her Double: Selected Essays
2014 Mein Vaterland war ein Apfelkern : ein Gespräch mit Angelika Klammer