By Herta Muller; Sieglinde Lug (Translator)
(University of Nebraska Press, Paperback, 9780803282544, 126pp.)

Publication Date: September 1999

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Juxtaposing reality and fantasy, nightmares and dark laughter, Nadirs is a collection of largely autobiographical stories based on Herta Müller’s childhood in the Romanian countryside. The individual tales reveal a child’s often nightmarish impressions of life in her village. Seamlessly mixing reality with dream-like images, they brilliantly convey the inner, troubled life of a child and at the same time capture the violence and corruption of life under an oppressive state.

About the Author
Muller was born to a German family in Romania in 1953. She emigrated to Germany in 1987.

Thursday, Dec 10, 2009

Romanian novelist Herta Mueller was awarded the 2009 literature prize for her depictions of "the landscape of the dispossessed." Her first novel, Nadirs, has just been reissued. Critic Alan Cheuse has a review. More at

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