## Thursday, October 08, 2009

### Herta Müller: even an anti-communist can win the Nobel prize

The 2009 Nobel prize in literature goes to
Herta Müller (Germany),
a Romanian-born ethnic German poet and novelist who has been depicting the brutal conditions for life in Romania under Ceauşescu before she emigrated to Germany in 1987.

After years if not decades when the literature Nobel prizes were given exclusively to communists, feminists, terrorists, postmodernists, and similar stuff, that's quite a pleasant shock!

Müller is quoted as an author "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed." Congratulations!

(The photograph on the cover of the book on the right side that you will buy from amazon.com is by Mr Jan Saudek, a Czech photographer.)