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Herta Müller

Herta Müller Photo: Stephanie von Becker

a Romanian-German author born in 1953, received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009 for her powerfully eloquent complete works. In her writings, she addresses the conditions and consequences of the Communist dictatorship in Romania with impressive intensity drawing on her own painful experiences. Müller has lived in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1987. She holds several guest professorships, including the Brothers Grimm guest professorship in Kassel and the poetry lectureship in Tübingen. In 2005, she was the Heiner-Müller guest professor at the Freie Universität Berlin in the city where she lives today. Her most famous works include Der König verneigt sich und tötet (The King Bows and Kills) (2003), Die blassen Herren mit den Mokkatassen (The Pale Gentlemen with their Espresso Cups) (2005) and Atemschaukel (The Hunger Angel) (2009).

“Politically instrumentalising fear is irresponsible. But there is absolutely no freedom without risk, otherwise we would be unable to move either in our minds or with our feet.” Müller in an interview at the Erlangen poetry festival, Nürnberger Zeitung, 30 August 2016