Herta Müller

Nobel Prize in Literature 2009; lecture, interview and reading from The Hunger Angel (German: Atemschaukel, Danish: Alt hvad jeg har, bærer jeg hos mig).

Herta Müller
07/10 2020
12:15-13:15, DIAS Auditorie (V24-501a-0)
Lecture

Danish Institute for Advanced Study are happy to welcome the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2009 Herta Müller to Denmark. Her lecture will consist of a lecture, conversation with Associate Professor Moritz Schramm, and a short reading of her novel The Hunger Angel (German: Atemschaukel, Danish: Alt hvad jeg har, bærer jeg hos mig).

Summary

Herta Müller originates from Nitzkydorf, Romania – from a German-speaking minority whose position during the communist regime has influenced her literary works. Herta Müller’s debut, ‘Nadirs’, was published in Romania in 1982 in a a censored version, while uncensored copies were distributed abroad. She went into exile in West Berlin, Germany in 1987 where she has lived since.

Herta Müller’s literary works address an individual’s vulnerability under oppression and persecution. They are rooted in her experiences as a ethnic minority.
She describes life under Ceaușescu’s regime; how dictatorship breeds a fear and alienation that stays in an individual’s mind, and she evokes images from the past.

Prize motivation: “who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.”

N.B. the lecture will be in German, but a simultaneous interpreter will be present.

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