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Preview — The Passport by Herta Müller
From the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature!
“[The Passport] has the same clipped prose cadences as Nadirs, this time applied to evoke the trapped mentality of a man so desperate for freedom that he views everything through a temporal lens, like a prisoner staring at a calendar in his cell.”—Wall Street Journal
“A swift, stinging narrative, fable-like in its stoic...more
لا تكتب مثلما كتب الآخرون ابدًا , تدرج الحديث تدخلك في المشهد كشبح خفي و تشعر ببرودة دم الشخصيات و تلمس عروقهم البارزة . " يقف حفار القبور حافيًا ووحيدًا في المقبرة. ينظف بمجراف القبر جزمته المطاطية" لك أن تبكي بنشيج طفيف من الوحشة و الخوف و الفكرة . تكتب بخفة أشياء صغيرة بطر ...more
It is a novel on attempt. The miller Wendisch wants to emigrate. He wants to leave the communist greyness. He wants to pass to the west. He makes all for that. He works a lot and pay, pay.
He dreams : one day he will return as a visitor, well dressed as west people. There is Amélie, his daughter, who is given her to the police officer, to the minister, without pleasure and without love. Amélie cries, Amélie dries its tears. They wait and se ...more
The Passport (the title in German means literally “Man is a large pheasant in the world”, a Romanian proverb ...more
Political truth in the 20th Century was often monopolized by the holders of...more
power. Artists who opposed this monopoly faced real life dangers such as being
But I give it two stars for the well-crafted story and the painful but important theme.
Tibor Fischer at the Guardian on behalf of the UK was so unimpressed that he misrepresented the plot with a reductive summary:
The Passport is a ...more
Well then. Where do I start with this one? Let me see. Oh yes. I hated it.
Sorry? What do you mean I can’t just say I hate it and leave it at that? Who says a book review has to be in depth? Oh, ok, fine!
So, you want to know what was so bad about it. Again, I’m not sure where to begin, but I shall endeavour to do my best. I would like to point out though, that I ...more
When I started this book, I had two immediate thoughts.
1. This is definitely the work of an award winning writer. (This is not to say I liked it, merely that I could tell it would be appealing to an awarding body much in the same way that I can tell that, even though I enjoy Stephen King mo ...more
La tensión acumulada de la semana laboral. El estrés del día. La junta con mi jefa el próximo lunes. Ver poco a Emilia.
“Me da coraje ver a niñas en viernes por la noche trabajando”, le dije a Ana. “Coraje. Odio. Bastante.”
“Uno batallando con un trabajo pendejo y ella sonrie ...more
Perhaps because it was sandwiched between reading Nabokov's Lolita and McEwan's Black Dogs, the writing style did not engage me as I thought it would... given my love of prosaic writing.
I found it difficult to follow the staccato style embedded in the cold and grim landscape.
I got lost in the bleakness and oppression and was unable to soar with the promised prose.
Another reviewer here that sai ...more
Since Windisch made the decision to emigrate, he sees the end everywhere in the village. The waves of grass lift him above the ground. The earth frog looked with my wife's eyes. "Watch how your daughter walks," he says. "If the toes of her shoes point outwards when she puts her feet on the ground, then it's happened." The owl cries behind the trees. It's looking for a roof. Behind the door Windisch heard the stubborn, regular moaning of his wife. Like a sewing machine. "H ...more
When in 2009 the Nobel Prize Committee awarded the Prize for Literature to Herta Müller, whose opus magnum The Hunger Angel had just appeared in print, I thought that at least this one time the jurors in Stockholm had shown not only that they are able of a decent choice, but that sometimes they have even a sense of timing. Because The Hunger Angel marked the point when Herta Müller got also outside the German-speaking world the attention she deserves. Her first ...more
I finished the novel, and it did ...more
Muller uses the story of a miller and his attempt to get his wife and daughter passports to get out of the Romanian village into Germany as a tale that could be applied to th ...more
Originally posted here.
Since reading The Land of Green Plums last year, purportedly Müller's most outstanding work, I had been looking forward to reading something of hers again. When I realized that finding a copy of The Appointment locally was an exercise in futility, I went and bought one from Book Depository, which was shipped late last year. I hadn’t even thought of reading that one yet when a bookish friend gifted me with a copy of The Passport for Christmas, and that one being the short ...more
I found it neither "beautiful" nor "haunting" as the back cover promised. It is about a German family who is trying to get passports to leave Ceausescu's Romania. In order to do so, they must bribe -- with worldly goods and flesh -- officials. This I also got from the back cover, because it took a long time for me to get it from t ...more
Much of the destruction takes place off the page. Even when a vase is knocked over and broken, we are shown the hand hitting the vase and ...more
تجربتي الأولى مع هيرتا موللر ، اعتمدت هيرتا جملا قصيرة في روايتها تلك الجمل التي تشكل مشاهد قصيرة تبدو غير مترابطة وعليك أن تلملم هذه القطع لتضعها في اللوحة لتراها بصورتها النهائية وعلى قدر ما أحببت تلك المشاهد وخيال هيرتا المجنح وأسلوبها السوريالي إلا أنني وجدت صعوبة كبيرة في ربط تلك القطع ببعضها البعض
هي رواية صعبة حقيقة ولولا أنني قرأت هنا وهناك عن الرواية ربما لم أكن لأفهم المغزى من تلك المشاهد
على إنني أعتبرها تجربة فريدة ومميزة وأسلوب هيرتا موللر بالغ الرهافة
Misschien omdat het onderwerp of perspectief me minder raakt dan in Nadirs (waar vanuit een kind werd beschreven), trek ik er twee sterren van af voor de troosteloosheid ervan. Bij Muller is het nooit gezellig, niemand is gelukkig of zelfs maar vrolijk. Op iedere pagina ...more
And time is standing still for those who want to stay
My head is a clock
A man is nothing but a pheasant in the world
Men are stupid, says the night watchman
The tear is empty. Fill it with water. Preferably with rain water
Eyes lie, says the night watchman
That night her sleep was so distant, that no dream could find her
Women deceive, says the night watchman
He felt all the loneliness of the years
His life was transparent. Empty
The song floats through the apple ...more
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She read German studies and Romanian literature at Timişoara University. In 1976, Müller began working as a translator for an engineering company, but in 1979 was dismissed ...more