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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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