Sunday, May 27, 2012

I write in order to bear witness to life

The New York Times profiled Romanian-born German novelist Herta Muller, 2009 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, on the occasion of her newest novel, The Hunger Angel

“I never wanted to be a writer,” Ms. Müller said in an interview while in New York this month for the PEN World Voices literary festival. “There were no books at home.” But when, as a teenager, she was sent off to high school in Timisoara, the closest city, she said: “Whatever I read went under my skin, I almost devoured the literature, which became like a road to discovery. And this is how it stayed. I always wanted to know, how should one live? I write in order to bear witness to life.” 

The image above is a movie still from, The Way I Spent the End of the World. The film is set during Ceauşescu's final year of reign in Romania.


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1 comment:

  1. Pardon my interruption, Petya but it's a little weird I find, coming from a Nobel-winning fiction writer. Takes a lot of desire to sit down and hammer out a novel. Let alone many. Maybe if you sell enough bookls, you can buy into the romantic idea of writing for yourself.

    As much as the Nobel did a great job at rewarding female writers in the 21st century, their choices were always weird. Doris Lessing was out of the left field, but ultimately defendable but Herta Muller was a total unknown in English translation before she won.