Herta Muller is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the European Literature Prize. She is the author of, among other books, The Land of Green Plums and The Appointment. Born in Romania in 1953, Muller lost her job as a teacher and suffered repeated threats after refusing to cooperate with Ceausescu's secret police. She succeeded in emigrating in 1987 and now lives in Berlin.
"A wonderful, passionate, poetic work of literature...Herta Muller is a writer who releases great emotional power through a highly sophisticated, image studded, and often expressionistic prose." --Neal Ascherson, The New York Review of Books"This is not just a good novel, it is a great one... Muller is through and through a stylist. Her novel is written in a taut idiomatic German, which breaks into paragraphs of wrenching, Rilkean lyricism...A masterpiece." --Financial Times"Written in terse, hypnotic prose...exquisite." --The New Yorker"Wry and poetic, and Muller's evocative language makes the abstract concrete as her narrator's sanity is stretched...Boehm's translation preserves the integrity of Muller's gorgeous prose, and Leo's despondent reveries are at once tragic and engrossing." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"The stunning, exhilarating, heartbreaking culmination of Muller's work as a novelist...A 300-page prose poem of resistance to totalitarian repression, the book is a haunting paean to the human angel--the inventive, imaginative, invincible force that transcends suffering and absement, that defies depersonalization and deprivation to survive, and even thrive." --The Wichita Eagle"A work of rare force, a feat of sustained and overpowering poetry...Muller has the ability to distil concrete objects into language of the greatest intensity and to sear these objects on to the reader's mind." --The Times Literary Supplement"A phenomenal, moving and humbling novel." --Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung"A taut and brilliant book." --Chicago Tribune on The Appointment"A brooding, fog-shrouded allegory of life under the long oppression of the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu." --The New York Times on The Appointment"Muller scatters narrative bombshells across a field of dreams." --San Francisco Chronicle on The Appointment"Unflinching. . .Ms. Muller's vision of a police state manned by plum thieves reads like a kind of fairy tale on the mingled evils of gluttony, stupidity, and brutality." --The New York Times on The Land of Green Plums"Muller has triumphed in her honesty. . . . Describes in precisely hewn detail what it was like to live in Romania under communism." --The Washington Post on The Land of Green Plums"This heartbreaking tale is bitter and dark, yet beautiful... stark and telling." --The San Diego Union-Tribune on The Land of Green Plums"Ms. Muller's rich, harsh, obsessive imagery captures the surreal beauty and the difficulty of Ceausescu-era Romania." --The Boston Book Review on The Land of Green Plums"Impressive, wholly authentic . . .a bleak fable with the flickering intensity of a nightmare." --International Herald Tribune on The Land of Green Plums