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The Land of Green Plums: A Novel
 
 
Author
Herta Muller. Michael Hofmann, trans.
Publisher Metropolitan  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780805042955
Pages/Publication Date 242/1996
Daedalus Item Code 30568
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(Winner of the 1998 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller evokes Romania at the height of Nicolae Ceauescu's reign of terror in this novel, which follows a group of young adults leaving their impoverished province in hopes of better prospects and camaraderie in the city. Instead, all of the narrator's friends—teachers and students of vaguely dissident allegiance—betray her, do away with themselves, or both. Müller, herself a survivor of Ceausescu's police state, speaks from intimate experience as she constructs a devastating picture of a generation and a society ruined by fear, in language at once harsh and poetic.

"The spare, discordant writing shifts from the stark realities of the present to dreamlike fragments of the heroine's childhood and life in the country, effectively juxtaposing urban and rural, where a semblance of humanity manages to survive. In the country, Grandmother wanders through fields singing and collecting sparrow's feathers; Grandfather spends his days playing chess and visiting the barber for a haircut; and city guards and children gorge on little green plums, which the country folk say is like 'swallowing your death,' the soft pits 'burning your heart up from the inside.' Many Western readers should come to appreciate Müller, whose work recalls the writing of Croatian Slavenka Drakulic."—Library Journal

 
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