Nadirs (Niederungen)

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University of Nebraska Press, Sep 1, 1999 - Fiction - 122 pages
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Juxtaposing reality and fantasy, nightmares and dark laughter, Nadirs is a collection of largely autobiographical stories based on Herta Müller’s childhood in the Romanian countryside. The individual tales reveal a child’s often nightmarish impressions of life in her village. Seamlessly mixing reality with dream-like images, they brilliantly convey the inner, troubled life of a child and at the same time capture the violence and corruption of life under an oppressive state. Müller’s first work, Nadirs, was originally published in Romania under the title Niederungen in a censored format. The complete manuscript was smuggled to Germany in 1984 and published in full.

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User Review  - DieFledermaus - LibraryThing

Nadirs is a collection of semi-autobiographical short stories depicting life in a German-speaking Romanian community. Müller’s flat, succinct style is enhanced by her vivid, at times graphic ... Read full review

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User Review  - roblong - LibraryThing

Very good. The stories are fairly plotless, documents of village life rather than 'tales' of any sort. They are brilliantly written, constructed of sparse and oppressively brutal prose. A sense of ... Read full review

Contents

The Funeral Sermon i
3
Rotten Pears
77
The Window
90
Copyright

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Herta Müller, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature, is one of the most prolific and acclaimed German-language writers of the last two decades. Born in 1953 in the Banat, a German-language region of Romania, she emigrated to West Berlin in 1987 and currently lives in Berlin. Sieglinde Lug is a professor emerita of German and comparative literature at the University of Denver.

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