Sunday, October 11, 2009

Under observation

I am VERY excited that this year's Nobel Prize in Literature went to a fellow East European WOMAN. I have not yet read any of Herta Muller's work but I am definitely going to. In the meantime, here's a brief excerpt from an interview she did about her experience visiting Romania after the fall of communism:

For me each journey to Romania is also a journey into another time, in which I never knew which events in my life were coincidence and which were staged. This is why I have, in each and every public statement I have made, demanded access to the secret files kept on me which, under various pretexts, has invariably been denied me. Instead, each time there was signs that I was once again, that is to say, still under observation.


I find this statement fascinating because, ironically, it perfectly describes the way I feel every time I go back to Bulgaria: UNDER OBSERVATION. Not by the Secret Services, of course, but pretty much by everyone else. Do you, my fellow emigrés, feel the same way?

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You should search for more pictures of Muller. She has a very expressive face! In light of our previous conversations about East European skepticism and pessimism, I thought you'd appreciate this particular photograph.

1 comment:

  1. Petya, I just read the full interview. Brilliant and terrifying at the same time.

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