Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2009
Herta Müller

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Herta Müller - Facts

Herta Müller

Herta Müller

Born: 17 August 1953, Nitzkydorf, Banat, Romania

Residence at the time of the award: Germany

Prize motivation: "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed"

Field: prose

Language: German

Prize share: 1/1

A Life under Dictatorship

Herta Müller is a German-Romanian writer. In her twenties, she worked as a translator in a machine factory, but had to stop when the Romanian secret police wanted her as a spy. Her first book 'Niederungen' (1982, English title: 'Nadirs') dates from this period, but was censored in Romania. In 1987 she emigrated to Germany. Herta Müller writes short stories, novels, poems and essays, but all her work deals with the experience of oppression, of exile and of conforming to family and state.

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