The Passport

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Serpent's Tail, 1989 - Fiction - 93 pages
From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2009'Just as the father in the house in which we live is our father, so Comrade Nicolae Ceausescu is the father of our country. And just as the mother in the house in which we live is our mother, so Comrade Elena Ceausescu is the mother of our country. Comrade Nicolae Ceausescu is the father of our children. All the children love comrade Nicolae and comrade Elena, because they are their parents.'The Passport is a beautiful, haunting novel whose subject is a German village in Romania caught between the stifling hopelessness of Ceausescu's dictatorship and the glittering temptations of the West. Stories from the past are woven together with the problems Windisch, the village miller, faces after he applies for permission to migrate to West Germany. Herta M ller describes with poetic attention the dreams and superstitions, conflicts and oppression of a forgotten region, the Banat, in the Danube Plain. In sparse, lyrical language, Herta M ller captures the forlorn plight of a trapped people.This edition is translated by Martin Chalmers, with a new foreword by Paul Bailey.Also by Herta M ller: Nadirs, The Land of Green Plums, The Appointment, and The Hunger Angel.

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User Review  - Ameise1 - LibraryThing

This is the story of Windisch and his family who want to leave dictatorial Romania and need passports. It shows the deep abundance of this region as well as the corruption and the powerlessness ... Read full review

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User Review  - DieFledermaus - LibraryThing

While this book was depressing, it wasn’t quite as soul-crushing as her collection of short stories, Nadirs. However, I found I didn’t think it was as good as Nadirs, which was effective in its way ... Read full review


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Herta Muller is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. She was born in Romania in 1953. After refusing to cooperate with Ceausescu's Securitate, she lost her job as a teacher and suffered repeated threats before she was able to emigrate in 1987. She is the author of The Passport (1989) and Children of Ceausescu (2002) among other publications, and is the winner of Germany's most prestigious literary award, The Kleist Prize. Herta Muller now lives in Berlin

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