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Book Tips - Herta Müller

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2009 was awarded to Herta Müller "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed".

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The Hunger Angel (Atemschaukel)

So shocking. So touching. So unable to leave these beautiful phrases which describe so horrible experiences.
/Sandra, Italy
When I picked up The Hunger Angel, I didn't know what to expect. I was hoping I would like it and would be able to appreciate the aspects of Herta Müller's writing that earned her the title of a Nobel Prize winner. What I didn't expect was to be stunned into silence by the power of Müller's gift. I got as far as page three when I realized that my life would be split into two phases, the life before The Hunger Angel and the life after. I knew that because all those words spoken by Leo were my life, my most secret and yet most fundamental feelings that I'd always wanted to articulate and that I couldn't even express cohesively to myself. Reading The Hunger Angel was an epiphanic experience. With every page, all the murky, undefinable emotions rising within me and causing me so much anguish became crystalline clear. Müller's writing is incredible, it has clarity and shoots meaningful images like arrows, straight through your heart. And yet, this same writing created a novel that's so layered with messages, that every time you read it, you'll find meanings and depths you hadn't the time before.
/Lila Swistek-Gustavus, United States

The King Bows and Kills (Der König verneigt sich und tötet)

I liked this book because I understood more how evil it was the communist power.
/Raluca Buzdugan, Romania

The Land of Green Plums (Herztier)

There have been many books written about the communist period in Romania, but 'The Land of Green Plums' has a very powerful poetic force. And this poetic force is so concentrated that a really short fragment says so many things.
/Robert Moscaliuc, Italy
Because Herta Müller's words are the right ones, again and again, every sentence only contains truths and her images seem to have been written on the back of my eyelids.
/Elisabeth, Netherlands

The Passport (Der Mensch ist ein großer Fasan auf der Welt)

"The Passport," by Herta Müller was my first piece of work that I had read by her. The way the novel was written with the short sentences, and the differentiating scenes, and the painted landscapes, all gave me the impression of why Herta Müller won the Nobel Prize in Literature. It of course does not measure up to her novel "The land of The Green Plums," but it certainly is short enough book to give a taste of Herta Müller style.
/Brett DeMot, Canada
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