Books by Herta Müller

THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"An essential work of post-Iron Curtain literature and a harrowing portrait of life under suspicion."
Atmospheric, lyrical novel from Nobel Prize-winning writer Müller (Traveling on One Leg, 1998, etc.) of life in Romania during the closing days of the Ceausescu dictatorship.Read full book review >
THE HUNGER ANGEL by Philip Boehm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2012

"Müller's work is not without flaws. Leo's sexual orientation is not well integrated into the narrative; his post-camp experiences are too compressed. The novel is still a notable addition to labor camp literature."
This novel of the Gulag was first published in Germany in 2009, the same year that its German-Romanian author won the Nobel Prize. Read full book review >
THE APPOINTMENT by Herta Müller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2001

"Sensitive, observant, unrelenting—and compelling."
Romanian-born Müller (The Land of Green Plums, 1996, etc.) now lives in Berlin, having successfully fled after running afoul of the Ceausescu regime. Here, she offers a grim portrait of totalitarian life's squalor and pain. Read full book review >
NADIRS by Herta Müller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"MÅller is a fearless writer, whose tales are steeped in ugly confrontational detail; one thinks, here and there, of Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird, but Nadirs (so named for the 'low lands' that are its specific locale) is a work of striking originality and power."
paper 0-8032-8254-0 Nadirs ($35.00; paper $13.00; Sept. 8; 134 pp.; 0-8032-3197-0; paper 0-8032-8254-0): This 1982 collection of 15 related stories—the first book published by the Romanian-born author of The Land of Green Plums (1996), etc.—is an episodic history of Romanian village life under Communist domination; a child's-eye view of family unhappiness and conflict symbolic of larger disturbances (most vividly presented in the long title story), juxtaposing painful personal history ("The Funeral Sermon") against more generalized images of irrepressible sexuality and violence both in human beings and in the natural world ("Rotten Pears," "The Man with the Matchbox"). Read full book review >
TRAVELING ON ONE LEG by Herta Müller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"With a cool, minimalist style that simulates alienation, this fictional bleakness is not an easy read, but even in its now-dated Cold War milieu, it dramatizes a fact that seems fundamentally human: that, somehow, everyone is alone."
The first English translation of an earlier work (published in 1992) from the acclaimed MÅller (The Land of Green Plums, 1996) is a profound story of dislocation: an exile from Romania struggles to find her bearings in Berlin just before the end of the Cold War. Read full book review >
THE LAND OF GREEN PLUMS by Herta Müller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Not a pretty picture by any means, but, still, a powerful, affecting story—one that makes clear the real value of small triumphs and fleeting moments of happiness when they occur in the context of deprivation and incalculable loss."
Young lives of quiet desperation under dictator Ceauescu are the poignant focus of Kleist Prizewinner MÅller's third novel but her first to be translated into English. Read full book review >