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The Appointment by Herta Müller
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Jan 30, 2011

really liked it

Maybe because the book takes place in Romania, a land foreign to me, or maybe because it's written by a native of that country but a minority German, that makes this book so strange and dislocated. But its the author herself, her narrative, at times surrealist, playing and challenging. The book takes place back behind the iron curtain before it's fall. A repressive government that monitors its citizens and their desires. But what of this government? What of the citizens? Where does surveillance end and desire begin? I know that sounds like bad post-modern observation. But read the book and tell me what the author is challenging. I'd like to read another of her books to get a gauge. Still, this was a good read, up to the last sentence. I'd be curious to hear other readers reaction to that sentence. Myself, life being endlessly troubling but always existential, I found the last sentence a pun, of sorts.
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