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The Passport by Herta Müller
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Jan 15, 2012

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Read in January, 2012

I'm of a couple minds here. On one hand I think the translator may have done Muller a disservice, although I'm sure she had to sign off on it. I was bothered the title was changed from "The man is a great pheasant in the world" to The Passport-is this a German Saying? Could what the meaning be conveyed a little bit better? It just had me questioning how true to the writer's own words the text was.

On the other hand I like it when authors play with style. And this was clearly a collection of poems written in prose style without Muller saying to us "Hey Look What Im Doing".

I knew the style of writing was unique, and I was surprised how short the chapters were, but then it slowly started to dawn on me that the reason each page or two was its own chapter is they were in essence poems. Interesting idea to write a novel in that from.

All in all, glad I read it.
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