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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: 8498413729 | ISBN13: 9788498413724

Page count: 244

Sin embargo, la piel del zorro no era en la vida real de la Rumania comunista un recurso retórico (escogido por una autora para martillar el oído interno de sus lectores con una imagen significativa), sino un símbolo de distinción social. Las mujeres que podían llevar una pelambre de zorro al cuello eran las más afortunadas y envidiadas de las comarcas, llevaban las patitas del zorro colgando sobre el pecho y se ufanaban de ello. Sobre todo cuando el zorro era argentado pues ese era importado de la Unión Soviética. De manera que el zorro que atraviesa la novela de Herta Müller se descompone y se recompone como la herida de un hemofílico, sin cicatriz posible. La clase media se desangra: médicos, abogados, maestras, son sustituidos en sus cargos por operarios. El poder lo detentan porteros, criadas, conserjes que tienen el poder de denunciar. Como poder tiene el capataz de la fábrica para morder las ingles de las obreras y hacerlo como masticando semillas de girasol, que luego se escupen. Sólo que Herta Müller no ofrece explicación alguna, las cosas pasan, los personajes saben lo que saben, la palabra, montada como un arma, dispara.

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