In her new novel, Nobel laureate Muller calls upon her unique
combination of poetic intensity and dispassionate precision to
conjure the distorted world of the Gulag in all its physical and
¿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."¿Times Literary Supplement "A phenomenal, moving and humbling novel, perhaps the most memorable read of the autumn."¿Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Born in Romania in 1953, Herta Müller 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. The recipient of the European Literature Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, she is also the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature.