Nobel Prize for Herta Müller Patriot of an Estranged Homeland

Herta Müller's homeland is her past, a past that is etched into her like a tattoo. The decision to award her the 2009 Nobel Prize for literature is a signal that the injustices of communism in Eastern Europe should not be trivialized.
Von Iliya Troyanov
Herta Müller at a press conference in Berlin Thursday: Her Nobel Prize is an "important signal," argues Iliya Troyanov.

Herta Müller at a press conference in Berlin Thursday: Her Nobel Prize is an "important signal," argues Iliya Troyanov.

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