Herta Mueller wins 2009 Nobel prize for literature

October 8, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Herta Mueller, the Romanian-born German writer, has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature by the Swedish academy in Stockholm. Mueller, who has written extensively about life  behind the Iron Curtain under the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, the former Romanian leader, during the 1980s, was often prevented from publishing in her own nation. The 56-year-old writer who now lives in Berlin, has won of a number of awards in Europe, and will receive $1.4m as part of the Nobel award.
In a brief press release, the judges described the novelist: “who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.”

She beat some tough odds-, with the betting site Ladbrokes having Israeli author Amos Oz as the 4 to 1 favorite.  The  Nobel Prize for Literature has been very “Eurocentric” in recent years, with all but two of the laureates since 1994 have been European citizens; last year’s winner was France’s Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio.  The last American writer to win the Nobel was Toni Morrison, in 1993.


3 Responses to “Herta Mueller wins 2009 Nobel prize for literature”

  1. insurance on October 8th, 2009 11:37 am

    Okay, here’s an admission: Yet another recent Nobel laureate whom I’ve never even heard of, and this confession coming from one who has considered himself very well-read and pretty well versed in literature. This is not to diminish Ms. Muller’s achievement, and I congratulate her. I just wonder if, as an American and English-speaker only, I’m somehow missing out on a lot of erstwhile magnificent literature because it isn’t translated into my mother tongue, and if this is so, why? Are we so overwhelmed by the Dan Browns and Stephanie Meyers and Oprah’s choices that a world of great literature is being eclipsed here by the shadow of towering blockbusters?

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  3. Dave on August 23rd, 2010 4:48 pm

    Glad to see them get the recognition they deserve, well done!

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