Nadirs - European Women Writers (Hardback)
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Nadirs - European Women Writers (Hardback)

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Hardback 126 Pages / Published: 30/08/1999
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Juxtaposing reality and fantasy, nightmares and dark laughter, "Nadirs" is a collection of largely autobiographical stories based on Herta Muller's childhood in the Romanian countryside. The individual tales reveal a child's often nightmarish impressions of life in her village. Seamlessly mixing reality with dream-like images, they brilliantly convey the inner, troubled life of a child and at the same time capture the violence and corruption of life under an oppressive state. Herta Muller has been one of the most prolific and acclaimed German-language writers of the last decade. Born in 1953 in the Banat, a German-language region of Romania, she emigrated to West Berlin in 1987 and currently resides in Hamburg. She has received numerous literary awards, including the Kleist Prize. In 1998 her novel "The Land of Green Plums" was awarded the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803231979
Number of pages: 126
Weight: 271 g
Dimensions: 5817 x 3887 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A work of striking originality and power."--Kirkus Reviews "Muller, who won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for The Land of Green Plums, is considered one of the most gifted contemporary German-language writers, a claim this newly translated collection of stories would seem to prove. Once again, Muller takes us back to Communist Romania. But unlike her previous work, Nadirs is a very personal book, as much about Muller's own family sagas as it is about the inescapable scares of communism... Originally published in German ten years ago, this book was well worth the wait; it is an important achievement in contemporary Eastern European literature"--Library Journal "The 15 stories are melodious but sober in tone, echoing an overwhelmingly oppressive social atmosphere. It's bluntly stated that boys are injured in local factories and mothers' lives are unrelentingly harsh; meanwhile, Muller imbues a trip to the barber or a ride on the intervillage bus with colorful, surreal twists... Most of these impressionistic pieces are bursting with breathtaking, earthy details."--Publishers Weekly "The sudden appearance of words in unfamiliar semantic contexts turns her texts into sensual landscapes of beauty and pain. The translator, Sieglinde Lug, has accomplished this in a highly convincing manner and is able to give the reader a taste of Muller's unique language. "--Irena E. Furhoff, International Fiction Review "Hurta Muller has just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This book of stories might be the bleakest thing you'll ever read. But they have a strange power." The Scotsman

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