9780803282544: Paperback
Release Date: 1st September 1999

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 126

Series European Women Writers

UNP - Nebraska


Written by
Herta Muller
Translated by and Afterword by
Sieglinde Lug
Paperback / £13.99

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.

Herta Müller, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature, has been 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.

"The world of the village, as Müller celebrates it, rustles on these pages. Each line, each paragraph, such a wedding of insight and the fantastic that I could scarcely hold the book without trembling."—Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered

All Things Considered
Alan Cheuse