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About the Author: Herta Müller

Herta Müller was born in Niţchidorf, Timiş County, Romania, the daughter of Swabian farmers. Her family was part of Romania's German minority and her mother was deported to a labour camp in the Soviet Union after World War II.

She read German studies and Romanian literature at Timişoara University. In 1976, Müller began working as a translator for an engineering company, but in 1979 was dismissed for her refusal to cooperate with the Securitate, the Communist regime's secret police. Initially, she made a living by teaching kindergarten and giving private German lessons.

Her first book was published in Romania (in German) in 1982, and appeared only in a censored version, as with most publications of the time.

In 1987, Müller left for Germany with her husband, novelist Richard Wagner. Over the following years she received many lectureships at universities in Germany and abroad.

In 1995 Müller was awarded membership to the German Academy for Writing and Poetry, and other positions followed. In 1997 she withdrew from the PEN centre of Germany in protest of its merge with the former German Democratic Republic branch.

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

She currently lives in Berlin, Germany.


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ISBN10: 8498410924 | ISBN13: 9788498410921

Page count: 184

El presente volumen reúne quince relatos –localizados en su mayoría en un mundo rural inclemente, cerrado y opresivo– que nos hacen recorrer, tras la mirada viviseccionadora de una niña, escenas cotidianas en la vida de una pequeña comunidad de ascendencia suaba. El núcleo familiar, la muerte, los juegos infantiles, el sexo, la iglesia y la escuela, el baile, los animales y el huerto se van plasmando con una engañosa ingenuidad que convierte la realidad en brutal pesadilla. Por encima de la anécdota la naturaleza se impone, incluso en las breves escenas de la vida urbana, en cada una de las páginas del libro, destilando una intensa calidad poética con la fuerza de sus imágenes casi oníricas.

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