Under Observation

October 11, 2009

muller_stockholm_photoThe 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Herta Müller, “who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.”

A native of Romania, Müller was one of many who opposed the oppressive Ceauşescu regime, and much of her work reflects the theme of living under a dictatorship. After Ceauşescu was overthrown in 1989, the Romanian secret police, Securitate, was supposedly abolished. However, twenty years later, Müller remains a Securitate target, an experience she wrote about just this past July in this fascinating article.


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