Posted by: Lisa Hill | October 8, 2009

Herta Müller wins Nobel Prize for Literature 2009

Herta Mueller has won the Nobel Prize for Literature 2009.  Apparently she writes about life behind the Iron Curtain in Romania. The award citation (with somewhat awkward grammar) is:
“who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed”.

I’ve never heard of her but she sounds like a very brave woman – and the prize means that her work will become more widely available.  It’s so easy to take for granted the collapse of communism in Europe – but I believe literature that tells the story of its horrors will help to make future generations aware that they need to be alert to the growth of repression in any form.

You can watch an interview with one of the judges  here – worth it just to see the lovely building…


And just to prove that the Nobels are not all serious, try their  literature games!


  1. There’s a handy post about her over at the Literary Saloon —


  2. And another one at Metafilter —


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