Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller joins the ranks of barely a handful of women prizewinners for the Nobel Prize for Literature. This honor comes hot on the heels of her most recent novel, Atemschaukel (Hanser, 2009), being shortlisted for this year's German Book Prize. You can read an excerpt from Atemschaukel in English here. To date, very few her novels have been published in English: most recently, The Appointment (Metropolitan Books, 2001) in a translation by Philip Boehm and Michael Hulse, and The Land of Green Plums (Metropolitan Books, 1996) in a translation by Michael Hofmann. The Complete Review has an excellent overview on Müller here.
The Nobel Prize entails a cash award of 10 million Swedish kronor. More on Müller winning the Nobel Prize in the German press here and here, with no doubt more editorials to follow.
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