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Herta Mueller won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature

Herta Mueller won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature

Herta Mueller won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature

Romanian born, Herta Mueller author is known for her books about life under the harsh regime of the dictator Ceausescu.

Mueller, born in 1953 in the German-speaking town of Nitzkydorf in Romania; she studied German and Romanian literature at university. Her first job after university was as a translator, but she lost the job because she refused to cooperate with the secret police.

In 1982, Mueller’s first book was a collection of short stories about Niederungen. The book was censored in Romania, but two years later it was smuggled out of the country and published in Germany.

In 1996, Mueller’s novel The Land of The Green Plums won the German Kleist and the Irish IMPAC award. The book is about a group of friends who became targets of the secret police.

Mueller has written 19 books in German, and some have been translated into English, French and Spanish.

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