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Set in Romania at the height of Ceausescu's reign of terror, this novel tells the story of a group of young students, each of whom has left the impoverished provinces in search of better prospects in the city.
Paperback, 242 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Granta Books (UK) (first published 1993)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Herztier, Herta Müller
عنوان: سرزمین گوجه های سبز؛ نویسنده: هرتا مولر؛ مترجم: غلامحسین میرزا صالح؛ تهران، انتشارات مازیار، در 256 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان رومانیایی قرن 20 م
مولر نفوذ دیکتاتوری کمونیسم را به خلوتترین گوشه های ذهن مردم اروپای شرقی به تصویر خیال کشیده، سرگذشت دانشجویان زخم خورده لهستانی، که در دوره دیکتاتوری نیکولای چائوشسکو، سرزمین خود را ترک میکنند و به بخارست پناهنده میشوند، غافل از اینکه حکومت «رومانی» در آپارتمانهای تاریک و کثیف منطقه فقیرنشین شهر هم حضور دارد. ترزا (راوی
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Mariel
Oct 11, 2013 Mariel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: if only I had known what you already knew
Recommended to Mariel by: they can leave me for dead they can take away my truth
"Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to say openly how they feel in their hearts. Some people have to keep their hearts hidden." - Alfred Chester

A table and a chair now stood in the cube where Lola's bed had been. And on the table, a big preserving jar with long sprays from the scruffy park, dwarf white roses with delicately serrated leaves. The branches put down white roots in the water. The girls could walk and eat and sleep in the cube. They weren't afraid to sing in front of Lola's leave
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Tony
Apr 25, 2015 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanian
There are (were) Germans in Romania? Swabians, I think they are called. I confess a gap here. I knew, of course, about Germans in Czechoslovakia. A convenient casus belli. But there was this community of Germans in Romania after one shuffling of nations. (Don't tell Adolf!)

Herta Müller was one of them. This work (maybe all her works, from what I've read) is semi-autobiographical. Her father had been a member of the Waffen SS during World War II, and earned a living as a truck driver in Communist
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Julia
Jan 28, 2010 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When i started to read, i thought: "Oh no, stream-of-conscious-like, unconnected episodes in a weird language....", but as i progressed i slowly started to appreciate Müller's unusual language. The metaphors are strange, but are very expressive.They make you feel the opressive atmosphere in a totalitarian regime, one starts to feel persecuted by "harmless men with dogs" walking behind you, one can relate perfectly well to how the characters grow more and more hopeless and depressed despite of th ...more
Evan
Dec 31, 2011 Evan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the Aira novel I just reviewed, I felt something lost in translation here. I picked up this novel after reading Jesse Ball's Curfew and seeing another critic on Goodreads claim that Land of Green Plums was a better entry in the genre. The genre, I guess, is that of Kafka-- absurdist fairy tales of life in a police state. It seems a little silly to rank Muller and Ball. The difference between them might be summed as the difference between a Central/Eastern European and an American sensibilit ...more
Praj
Mar 17, 2011 Praj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pr
The Land of Green Plums is an overwhelming allegorical saga of Banat Swabians (German minority populace) inhabiting in Romania, who lived under constant scrutiny and fear after WWII; especially throughout vigilant torment of Nicolae Ceaușescu(1965-1989).

** Whatever you carry out of your province, you carry out in your face.

** When we don’t speak, said Edgar, we become unbearable and when we do, we make fools of ourselves.

Muller delineates the story of barren lands, mournful eyes, optimistic hear
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jo
May 20, 2016 jo rated it it was amazing
it seems to me that if you want or need to write about the intensely traumatic life of people under a brutal dictatorship, writing with the language of children is a good way to go.

i deduce from other things i've read by herta mūller (okay, basically only her nobel lecture, which i can't recommend highly enough), that this novel is autobiographical, and i find profoundly inspirational that she helped herself through the process of writing about her trauma by using great inventiveness of imagery
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بثينة العيسى
رغم أن الهمزات في غير مواضعها، ورغم أن كلمة "فضائع" وردت عدة مرات، ورغم أن الترجمة ضعفت في بعض المواطن. أحببتُ هذه الرواية الصعبة، التي تقرأ ببطء، مثل مليون صورة صغيرة تتدفق داخل رأسك وترسم لوحة نهائية للألم.
Pooriya
Jun 12, 2012 Pooriya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
اینقدر که خوب بود چیزی ندارم بگم، فقط بخشهایی از کتاب که بهنظر جالب میومد رو مینویسم:

عرق، سر را از منهیات و حرفهای بودار حفظ میکند و خوراک، دهان را از سخن گفتن. حتی زمانی که زبان مشغول وراجی است، اعتیاد به ترس و هراس دست از سر کلام برنمیدارد.
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شایعات به ما هشدار میداد که از فرار دوری گزینیم. همه از مرگ قریبالوقوع دیکتاتور احساس شادمانی میکردند، اما مرگی درکار نبود. هرکسی میتوانست جنازهی او را در نظر مجسم کند که مانند زندگی نکبتبارش، از میان کاسهی سرش به بیرون میخزد. همه میخواستند بیشتر
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Salathiel
I wanted to like this book. I really did. With it being the spawn of a Nobel Laureate and a book that purposed to explore the human side-effects of dictatorial Romania, I was certain that this book would tickle my literary side while also indulging my inner humanitarian. But sadly, it didn't.

The biggest reason for it's failure? It simply was too confusing. I love the well-turned phrase as much as the next one, but when poetry and beauty starts to inhibit the progression of plot and understanding
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Stephen Durrant
Mar 22, 2013 Stephen Durrant rated it really liked it
No one writes quite like Herta Müller. One reviewer has spoken of her "incantatory prose," which describes well the almost hypnotic rhythm of her sentences. Another characteristic of her writing is that she invariably describes things from I guess what I would say "the other way around." Often this involves an element of personification. A person does not carry a suitcase but the suitcase "stretches her arm." A woman bathed in light does not look up at the crucifix hanging on the dark wall, but ...more
Arman Mohammadi yazdi
شايد كمي زياده شاعرانه بود؟ به هر روي به خوبي نشان ميدهد كه كشوري توتاليترزده به چه روزي ميافتد و مردمانش در چه منجلاب و گهي فرو رفتهاند... ...more
Kebrit !!!
May 17, 2010 Kebrit !!! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ما هر روز در مورد بیماری قدیم و جدید دیکتاتور شایعاتی میشنیدیم. البته هیچکس باور نمیکرد؛ هرچند آدمها با اولین کسی که روبهرو میشدند راجع به آن درگوشی پچپچ میکردند. ما هم برای دیگران تعریف میکردیم. گویی شایعات حامل ویروس کشندهای بود که امکان داشت به صورت خزنده، گریبان دیکتاتور را بگیرد و او را نفله کند.
مردم درگوشی به هم میگفتند:«مجبوره باز بره فرانسه یا چین، بلژیک یا انگلستان، کره یا سوریه، یا آلمان.» در شایعات مربوط به مسافرت دیکتاتور از کشورهایی نام برده میشد که ما میخواستیم به آنجا فرار کنیم. ف
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William1
Possesses a narrative patterning that is strikingly beautiful in its effects. There's compression, too, and suspense, though it's not a mystery or thriller. It's character driven so there's no real plot. Yet the vivid picture Herta Müller paints of Communist Romania under dictator Ceausescu is an absolute horror. I mean, the inanity of harassing perfectly harmless people and interrogating them and humiliating them for no purpose other than to instill fear and, thus, submission. Hannah Arendt's p ...more
Jennifer (aka EM)
Jun 03, 2016 Jennifer (aka EM) rated it liked it
Shelves: prosetry
Gorgeous prose poem about living (and dying) under an oppressive dictatorship, but ultimately - despite the beauty and interesting resonances of the imagery, which you almost had to feel rather than read - it felt to me distancing and slightly impenetrable. For something similar, my tastes run more to The Vagrants - much more difficult and horrific, but somehow more suited to the subject matter.
Miguel
Aug 16, 2015 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Emudecemos e tornarmo-nos desagradáveis, (...), falamos e tornamo-nos ridículos.»


Os abalos e as sibilações, que derivam a sua legitimidade das coerções instiladas por Ceausescu, casam-se na escrita sofrida e aguda de Herta Müller. A Terra das Ameixas Verdes é um romance político e humano, ressentido e plangente, um ramal que parte da frustração de um grupo de jovens oprimidos para terminar numa deceção absoluta e desesperada. As incisões inapagáveis, perpetuadoras da mágoa que embebe
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Farshad Firuzi
Jun 26, 2014 Farshad Firuzi rated it it was amazing
سرزمین گوجه های سبز روایت مردمانیست در حسرت آزادی و در هراس از دیکتاتورهای حکومت توتالیتر .. کتاب از نظر نگارش ساده بود و نثر گزنده داشت .. خوندن این کتاب از اتفاق های خوب زندگی من بود ..
orsodimondo
Feb 19, 2016 orsodimondo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romania
LA MADRE È BRAVA. L'ALBERO È VERDE. L'ACQUA SCORRE. LA SABBIA È PESANTE. IL SOLE BRUCIA.
Benvenuti al festival della metafora, dove anche un punto fermo è la metafora di una virgola e due punti di un punto interrogativo.
Uno sguardo pieno d'angoscia, al quale la realtà appare gravida di minacce, forse, non poteva esprimersi se non per metafore?

La bestia del cuore del titolo originale (Herztier") si è trasformata nel paese delle prugne verdi della traduzione italiana: chi sa, magari il titolo era
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Jennifer
Jul 29, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rich, symbolic and full of lyrical prose, The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller takes the reader to Romania and through the oppression suffered by the people under Ceausescu’s totalitarian regime. The narrator does not tell the story in a linear pattern, rather in bits and pieces that become interwoven to bring forth a masterful tapestry, rich, deep, and dark. The reader learns about Lola and the days leading up to her apparent suicide, which is what brings the narrator together
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Galina
Всички романи на Херта Мюлер, които съм чела, акцентират върху това колко безнадежден може да е животът. Няма прокрадване на лъч светлина, няма опити за самозаблуждение и очакване, че лошият период ще премине. Защото това не е период - хората, родени в една мрачна страна, носят тъмното в себе си. Те го приласкават, споделят, пренасят го - местейки се, но не могат да избягат от факта, че не познават искрено вярата и жизнерадостното в ежедневието.
Въпреки че няма открити обвинения срещу потисничес
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Alta
The Land of Green Plums, first published in English in 1996 by Metropolitan Books, and reissued in 1998 by Northwestern, is one of the greatest books on dictatorship I have ever read. It is also one of the most authentic books. What do I mean by that? This book being inspired by the author’s personal trauma, it would have been easy for it to fall into the confessions-of-a-victim mood that characterizes a certain kind of literature today. But Herta Müller’s style couldn’t be more different. Her p ...more
Niloofar
Jul 12, 2016 Niloofar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
کتابی نیست که بر اساس یکبار خواندن بشود در مورد آن اظهار نظر جامعی کرد اما فعلا چند نکته در ذهن دارم که مایلم در مورد آن بنویسم:

1) نمی دانم هرتا مولر تا چه اندازه توانسته یا اصلا مایل بوده وضعیت واقعی کشورش را در دوران ریاست جمهوری چائوشسکو به تصویر بکشد، اما قدر مسلم با رجوع به تاریخ و فعالیت های چائوشسکو، روایت او صرفا از "جو خفقان رومانی" در آن دوره چندان خالی از صداقت نیست. بنابراین می توان او را روایتگری در نظر گرفت که حداقل برخی از جنبه های جو رایج آن دوره را از طریق اتفاقات زندگی روزمره ب
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Joe
A land of no hope, in a book outside of time. The narrator and her three male friends, all quiet rebels in an oppressed post-war Romania, think their thoughts of freedom and wait with a sickening dread to be punished for them, despite doing little more than writing poetry and planning to emigrate. Muller makes a point of showing just how fragile human connections are in a society based on fear. She lives with various nice women, has a supportive mother, and holds onto her close friendship with T ...more
S.
I’d not intended to read this book. When Herta Müller won the Nobel Prize for literature last year, I shrugged and went on with my life. My mother picked this up, found it dull, and passed it on to me without much encouragement.

This book was strong on neither plot nor character and yet it was a marvelous book.

The plot is straight-forward: Romania under dictatorship, its citizens making themselves into “tin sheep” and calling it “metallurgy,” working then drinking in bodegas like “refugees from
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Hannibal
Dec 29, 2014 Hannibal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
کتاب شرح ماجراهایی است تلخ از زندگی در یک جامعه توتالیتر و تحت دیکتاتوری نیکلای چائوشسکو- دیکتاتور فقید رومانی- و عجب آنکه قبل از خواندش فکر می کردم فضای شاد داشته باشد! شاید از آن روست که برای بیشتر ما گوجه سبز یادآور خاطراتی شیرین و نه تلخ است.
نقطه قوت کتاب این است که بسیار به زندگی و تجربیات شخصی نویسنده نزدیک است. خود خانم مولر از کسانی است که به دلیل سر باز زدن از همکاری با سرویس مخفی حکومت وقت ناچار به آلمان گریختند، با این حال دست اول بودن یک گزارش یا داستان دلیلی بر آن نیست که حتماً واجد
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Elli (The Bibliophile)
Mar 13, 2015 Elli (The Bibliophile) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
This was a good book. I enjoyed the sparse but still nice writing style, and I would say I liked the translation (although I think I would need to read the original to have a true opinion). I'm glad I read it because I haven't read a book set in Romania before, and this is a time period I find especially interesting in European history in General.

The style was reminiscent of other novels I've liked, with the air of secrecy and danger pretty dominant. Overall I wouldn't say I loved it, but I woul
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Kathrina
Jul 27, 2010 Kathrina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanian
If you merely dip your toe in this novel, you will likely decide the temperature is too cold. I recommend a big leap in, and trust the prose to float you to the surface and, in time, regulate your heartbeat. You will find a very moving, personal, tragic story, not comfortable, but a place you'll recognize in your own heart, if you've ever felt loss, suspicion, alienation. The prose are not consistently great, but what is great is powerful.
Stephanie Sun
Communion wafer dough... A man with the same name as his dog... Loose strands of hair... Miniature pecking chickens on a board... "...a belt, a window, a nut, and a rope..."

And, of course, green plums...

The star images of a Herta Müller novel are not exactly metaphors. Everything she does can be seen to fit well within one tradition or another: realism, magical realism, Kafkaesque surrealism, allegory, irony, poetry. However, the way she slips without fanfare from one to the other—especially sin
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الناز ی
دوستی مثل یک کت نیست که بتوانی آن را به دست من بدهی . من میتوانم کت را بپوشم و به ظاهر اندازه ی تن من هم باشد ولی از داخل مرا گرم نگاه نمیدارد.
vanya klecherova
„Зверчето в сърцето ти“,

Херта Мюлер, ИК „Сиела“, 2012,
превод: Мария Дерменджиева,
е втората книга на Мюлер, която чета.

Текстът ме грабна до степен, че още след първите прочетени страници,
отидох в най-близката книжарница и си купих следваща книга на Мюлер.

Има автори, които ме отегчават с един и същия си почерк. Херта Мюлер не е сред тях.
При нея е тъкмо обратното. Колкото по-една и съща, толкова по-пленяваща сетивата ми.

Вече спокойно можех да се оставя „Зверчето“ да ме погълне.
Очакваха ме следващи
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Herta Müller was born in Niţchidorf, Timiş County, Romania, the daughter of Swabian farmers. Her family was part of Romania's German minority and her mother was deported to a labour camp in the Soviet Union after World War II.

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
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“Women always need other women to lean on. They become friends in order to hate each other better. The more they hate each other, the more inseparable they become.” 40 likes
“When we don't speak, said Edgar, we become unbearable, and when we do, we make fools of ourselves.” 32 likes
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