Download PDF by Bettina Brandt, Valentina Glajar: Herta Müller : politics and aesthetics


By Bettina Brandt, Valentina Glajar

ISBN-10: 0803245106

ISBN-13: 9780803245105

Two languages—German and Romanian—inform the novels, essays, and college poetry of Nobel laureate Herta Müller. Describing her writing as “autofictional,” Müller depicts the results of violence, cruelty, and terror on her characters in response to her personal studies in Communist Romania lower than the repressive Nicolae Ceauşescu regime.

Herta Müller: Politics and Aesthetics explores Müller’s writings from assorted literary, cultural, and old views. half 1 positive factors Müller’s Nobel lecture, 5 new college poems, and an interview with Ernest Wichner, a German-Romanian writer who has traveled along with her and sheds mild on her writing. elements 2 and three, that includes essays via students from throughout Europe and the us, handle the political and poetical facets of Müller’s texts. participants talk about lifestyles less than the Romanian Communist dictatorship whereas additionally stressing key components of Müller’s poetics, which provides either self-conscious formal experimentation and political intervention.

One of the first books in English to completely learn Müller’s writing, this quantity addresses audiences with an curiosity in dissident, exile, migration, experimental, and transnational literature.

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Next to her was Matz in his Nazi uniform, a soldier instead of a husband, a brideguard instead of a bridegroom. No sooner had he returned to the front, the death photo came. It shows a poor soldier torn to shreds by a mine. The death photo is hand-sized: in the middle of a black field a little gray heap of human remains can be seen resting on a white cloth. Against the black field the white cloth looks as small as a children’s handkerchief, a white square with a strange design painted in the middle.

That same year, Herta Müller was awarded the Aspekte Prize for the best literary debut in Germany and was given permission to travel to Germany to accept the prize. The next year, the Romanian authorities did not allow her to participate in the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize competition, and as a result Herta Müller put pressure on the Securitate in Timişoara; she reasoned that if they did not let her travel to Germany, the German journalists would travel to Romania, and then she asked the Securitate whether that would be preferable.

Meanwhile the Romanian authors of our generation wrote heavy-handed, metaphysically oriented literature that they themselves probably did not understand either. And their literary discussions (I once or twice attended a meeting of a literary circle of Romanian students) did not have a dialogical character; they were not communicating with each other but were simply promoting themselves. They were, or so it seemed to me, overloaded with cultural baggage that they could not grasp and were far removed from the reality in which they were living.

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