Unknown Writer Herta Müller Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2009 has been awarded to Herta Müller for, “the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed,”according to a press release on the Nobel Prize website.

Following the announcement, Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, told senior editor Simon Frantz why Herta Müller’s uniqueness comes from the double experience of being part of a minority language while being under an oppressed society.
Only a handful of her books have been translated into English, and most of those appear to be semi-autobiographical novels about erudite young women of German ancestry who grew up in, and struggled against, the now-fallen Communist regime in late-20th-century Romania.
As a now instant-star, she may see her readership increases and her books may be finally translated reaching a wider public.


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