Romania-related Nobel prize

I’m curious how Romanians and Germans will treat the Nobel Prize for Literature just won by Herta Müller. Born in Romania as a member of the German-speaking “Schwab” minority in the region of Banat, she emigrated to Germany as an adult in 1983, after some traumatic experiences with the Communist regime – which fueled most (if not all) of her books.

I wonder if Romanians would claim the prize as the “second Romanian Nobel Prize after George Emil Palade“, or it would be considered a “German” prize, or neither, or both.

I had heard about her briefly before, and that she was good, but I didn’t know she was THAT good. Chapeau!

“The Romanian-born German poet and novelist Herta Müller is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy announced today. The academy describes Müller as a writer “who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.” She is the 12th woman to win the prize in its 109-year history.” The rest of the article, here.

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