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Herta Müller

German-Romanian novelist, poet and essayist

1953   -  

genre: novel, poetry, essay
country of citizenship: Germany, Romania
native language: German
language of expression: German, Romanian
educated at: West University of Timișoara
occupation: writer, linguist, poet, translator, novelist, essayist
award received: Nobel Prize in Literature, Adam Müller-Guttenbrunn-Förderpreis, Premiul UTC la secțiunea „lucrări în limbile naționalităților conlocuitoare", Aspekte-Literaturpreis, Rauriser Literaturpreis, Förderpreis zum Literaturpreis der Stadt Bremen, Marieluise-Fleißer-Preis, Deutscher Sprachpreis, Roswitha Prize, Kranichsteiner Literaturpreis, Deutscher Kritikerpreis, Kleist Prize, Aristeion Prize, Franz-Nabl prize, Ida-Dehmel-Literaturpreis, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Franz-Kafka-Preis, Cicero Orator Prize, Tübinger Poetik-Dozentur, Carl Zuckmayer Medal, Joseph-Breitbach-Preis, Literaturpreis der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berliner Literaturpreis, Würth-Preis für Europäische Literatur, Walter-Hasenclever-Literaturpreis, Ehrengabe der Heinrich-Heine-Gesellschaft, Franz Werfel Human Rights Award, Hoffmann von Fallersleben Prize, Samuel-Bogumil-Linde prize, Monismanien Prize, Stadtschreiber von Bergen, Ricarda-Huch-Preis, Best Translated Book Award, Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art, Hannelore Greve literature award, Heinrich-Böll-Preis, Eugen-Kogon-Preis, Brüder-Grimm-Poetikprofessur, Friedrich-Hölderlin-Preis der Universität und der Universitätsstadt Tübingen, honorary doctor of the University of Jena

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Herta Müller (German: [ˈhɛʁ.ta ˈmʏ.lɐ] (listen); born 17 August 1953) is a Romanian-born German novelist, poet, essayist and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Nițchidorf, Timiș County in Romania, her native language is German. Since the early 1990s, she has been internationally established, and her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.Müller is noted for her works depicting the effects of violence, cruelty and terror, usually in the setting of the Socialist Republic of Romania under the repressive Nicolae Ceaușescu regime which she has experienced herself. Many of her works are told from the viewpoint of the German minority in Romania and are also a depiction of the modern history of the Germans in the Banat and Transylvania. Her much acclaimed 2009 novel The Hunger Angel (Atemschaukel) portrays the deportation of Romania's German minority to Soviet Gulags during the Soviet occupation of Romania for use as German forced labor. Müller has received more than twenty awards to date, including the Kleist Prize (1994), the Aristeion Prize (1995), the International Dublin Literary Award (1998) and the Franz Werfel Human Rights Award (2009). On 8 October 2009, the Swedish Academy announced that she had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, describing her as a woman "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed".
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