Nobel Prize Winners discussion

2001-2010 > 2009: Herta Mueller

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The Land of Green Plums (Hertzier) is a dark book about life in Ceausecu's Romania and the endemic despair of able, intelligent young people growing up in this oppressive regime. What hurts most is not the betrayals in themselves but the casual inevitability of such betrayals. The corrosive effects of the total absence of hope is the shocking message of this book, and for those of us who have been fortunate to have lived our entire lives under democracy, this book really brings home the reasons why we need to value such a system of government.

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Cl. | 44 comments I haven't read Mueller yet; but look forward to doing so.

I recall when she won, the Nobel site had a poll to see if anyone knew of her. The poll indicated overwhelmingly that most people hadn't.

However, I think this may be true of many of the Nobel winners--which is why I enjoy reading this category of authors so much. I am introduced to books I probably would never have read otherwise.

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